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The Librarian of Auschwitz
The Librarian of Auschwitz | Antonio Iturbe
Based on the experience of real-life Auschwitz prisoner Dita Kraus, this is the incredible story of a girl who risked her life to keep the magic of books alive during the Holocaust. Fourteen-year-old Dita is one of the many imprisoned by the Nazis at Auschwitz. Taken, along with her mother and father, from the Terezn ghetto in Prague, Dita is adjusting to the constant terror that is life in the camp. When Jewish leader Freddy Hirsch asks Dita to take charge of the eight precious volumes the prisoners have managed to sneak past the guards, she agrees. And so Dita becomes the librarian of Auschwitz. Out of one of the darkest chapters of human history comes this extraordinary story of courage and hope.
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LibrarianRyan
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4 ⭐ It was never my intention to read the novel of this book. I am not into books that will make me cry if I‘m choosing for myself. However, when a graphic novel edition came along, I had to snap it up and give it a read. This book was exactly what I was expecting. It was gut retching, heartbreaking, sad, and very true to life. While this is a fictional story it is based on a real-life person who survived the child‘s camp at Auschwitz and acted ⬇

LibrarianRyan as a librarian while there. The love of books helped her survive a drastic portion of her life and we are better people for knowing her history and the atrocities that happened. This book was the first time I had ever heard there were specialty children‘s camps. It‘s not something readily talked about so this book did its job and brought to life new facts of history not seen elsewhere. 2mo
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OrangeMooseReads
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This book is amazing. That sounds weird given when and where this story takes place. The power and strength that a 15-16 year old girl had and the hope that the people kept when everything pointed to death. It‘s astounding.
Well written and worth the time.

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violabrain
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An amazing story! The writing is a little bit clunky and amateurish in places, but the story itself is incredible.

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Andrew65
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Not on my original schedule at the start of the #JoysOfJune Readathon, but have started listening to the tagged book.

#BigJuneReqadathon @Clwojick

Monica5 I have been wanting to read this, but I have heard mixed reviews. Let me know what you think of it, please ☺️ 6mo
Andrew65 @Monica5 Will do😊 6mo
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Deblovestoread
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May was an excellent reading month with 19 books read. All but one were 4 🌟 or better. The Librarian of Auschwitz was 5 🌟 while the writing may not have been perfect it is a story of resistance and resilience and in those stories there is hope when everything around them said hope was futile.

Andrew65 A popular choice. 11mo
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Aldente
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Found this at Big W, looks like a good read.

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Simona
Librarian of Auschwitz | Antonio Iturbe
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Panpan

Sad story based on true events is just not enough for good book. Disappointment with it was my fault - I wasn‘t aware that this is YA, but even for YA this book feels flat written.
#Booked2021 - title includes library or librarian

batsy 🐶😍 1y
LeahBergen That sweet face!! 💞💞 1y
Cinfhen I‘ve seen mostly negative reviews for this one 😔sorry!! Agree with @batsy Cute pup 🐾❤️ 1y
Simona @batsy @LeahBergen @Cinfhen She is cute and mischievous ... a combination leading to troubles😅 (edited) 1y
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Lovesbooks87
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This was an absolutely heartbreaking story based on the true story of an Auschwitz prisoner Dita Kraus. Hearing what she was made to live through broke my heart. But it also showed how strong she was to bring the magic of books to the other people in these awful camps. I was so glad that at end of the book it shared Dita‘s journey outside the camps and showed the amazing life she was able to live and how she was happy.

#booked2021

Klou That cover!!! 😍😍😍 2y
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Deblovestoread
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#BookReport Words in Deep Blue 5🌟 Librarian of Auschwitz 5🌟💔 and Death in Cyprus 4 🌟 both for #Booked2021 Juliet Takes A Breath 4🌟 for #BBRC Librarian was also my #Doublespin.

#WeeklyForecast Trying to keep up with chapter a day on Emma and have just started the other 3.

Cinfhen Im glad you “enjoyed” Librarian of Auschwitz as others were not as moved. It‘s on my Kindle. I‘m looking forward to reading it. #LiveAndLearn 2y
TheAromaofBooks Yay!! Great progress!! 2y
Deblovestoread @Cinfhen I will be interested in your thoughts. I read a blurb that said the author got some things wrong in regards to Jewish religion/traditions. Unfortunately I do not know enough to pick up those discrepancies. 2y
Cinfhen I‘ll keep you posted 💕 2y
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missgravesy30
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Another good, but also gut wrenchingly sad book about Auschwitz.
After studying the war for 14 years at school, I'm not ususlly that bothered about reading/watching anything about it.
But this, and the tattooist of Auschwitz did grab my attention. Getting single peoples points of view of what happened is horrifying, yet I also couldn't stop reading.
An awful topic to read about, but a good book

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DarkMina
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66 of 2021. Day 1 of #20in4 This book tells the story of young girl who is a prisoner at Auschwitz. She is entrusted to protect the handful of books the prisoners have managed to keep from the guards. Like all books of this topic, it discusses the horrors of the Holocaust. It never gets easier to read about it. This book was a good read. ⭐️⭐️⭐️✨

Number of books read: 1
Hours read: 10
Page count: 432

#readathon #historicalfiction #holocaust

Andrew65 Well done, I need to read this. 2y
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DarkMina
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#FirstLineFridays

“The Nazi Officers are dressed in black.”

LoverOfLearning Sherlock Holmes took his bottle from the corner of the mantelpiece, and his hypodermic syringe from its neat morocco case. 2y
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BClark
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This is my first ever post on "the Litsy" so I'm kind of nervous. I truly enjoyed this book. It sounds weird to say I enjoyed it considering the topic but I feel the victims need to be heard, remembered, respected and honored for what they endured. I feel that the author approached, researched and told her narrative wonderfully.

BClark Thank you so much! I will be checking these out while I spread my literary wings. 2y
suvata Welcome — don‘t be worried. We are a very friendly group of readers. 2y
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BClark I am so tickled by your responses. Thank you! 2y
mrp27 Welcome to Litsy!! I read this book last year and I too liked it. It is hard to say that when the topic is so heartbreaking. But in the end I learned a lot. 2y
KristiAhlers I‘m so glad you liked this. I loved it. I‘m glad I recommended it to you! 2y
BClark Me too! You haven't steered me wrong yet!! 2y
JillsBookshelf Welcome to Litsy! This book has been in my TBR for forever. I‘m so glad you liked it! ❤️ 📚 2y
Bookwormjillk Welcome to Litsy! I haven‘t read this yet but it‘s on my list. 2y
Chrissyreadit Welcome to Litsy! There is a link in my bio to a list of many different litsy activities also. 2y
kspenmoll Welcome & we are happy to have you here! I need to read this! Nice review! (edited) 2y
BClark Thank you all so much for the warm welcome! 2y
Deblovestoread Welcome! This book is on my TBR and I am hoping to read it in May. Thanks for the tag, @megnews 2y
Nute Welcome to Litsy! It‘s a warm and friendly community. I know that you will enjoy yourself here. I‘m looking forward to getting to know you!🙂 2y
BClark Thank you❣❣ 2y
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Simona
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I will finished the tagged book today (🤞), Breast and Eggs is in progress (5 hours left), Amos Oz is for three different challenges, Minor Detail by Adania Shibli is book for which I assume that it will be on International Booker longlist. From Tuesday I‘m planning to read IBP longlist, so all four books on the picture have to be finished till then 🤣 Yes, that is my very ambitious #weeklyforecast

charl08 Good luck! Sounds like you will be busy. I have not heard about the international booker prize announcement coming up, will look out for it. 2y
Leftcoastzen Minor Detail is going on my TBR. 2y
Cinfhen I read Minor Detail....it felt long for such a short book...I can‘t say I enjoyed it, although I don‘t think we‘re meant too....of course I have mixed feelings about books written from a different perspective than my own so I‘m not the best judge 2y
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Simona @charl08 Thank you! Announcement of the longlist is tomorrow. 2y
Simona @Leftcoastzen Summary is definitely interesting. 2y
Simona @Cinfhen I saw your review, and I respect that you‘re willing to try read the books from the different perspective, and I totally understand that ... I‘m still not ready to read the books about last Balkan‘s war ... I have read one and I was pissed off🤷‍♀️ 2y
Cinfhen I truly understand how you feel...it‘s hard to be neutral sometimes xxx 2y
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TrishB
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Hard to criticise a book that‘s about something so horrific isn‘t it? Just a so-so for me, I think I should have just read Dita Kraus‘s own memoir. She has said this is a very fictionalised account (even that these parents were nothing like her actual parents) and then that reduced the story in my eyes.
#booked2021 #titleincludeslibrarian

Cinfhen It‘s gotten mixed reviews....it‘s always hard when the person being fictionalized doesn‘t approve 😔but hooray for knocking off another prompt 2y
squirrelbrain Hmmmm.. I wonder if there are any other ‘librarian‘ books that I could use for this prompt? Although I do have a physical copy of this one already.... 2y
BookwormM I had that issue with Boy in the Striped Pajamas so many Holocaust survivors saying it trivialised their experience 2y
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TrishB @Cinfhen it‘s a dodgy area really! 2y
TrishB @squirrelbrain it‘s not a bad read overall 🤷‍♀️ 2y
TrishB @BookwormM the one redeeming factor with The Boy is that is was written for younger people and I think it did help them have conversations about it - I know my two both read about age 10 in school and it was eye opening for them. 2y
Cinfhen I‘m hoping to read this one @squirrelbrain 2y
TrishB @Cinfhen definitely on a future list! 2y
squirrelbrain I‘ll have to decide whether to give it a go Trish. I‘ve just read that one recently @Cinfhen, not long before you published the new #booked2021 list. 🤦‍♀️ It‘s very good! 2y
Cinfhen That‘s too bad @squirrelbrain but great for Trish & I 😜By the way, this book was available on scribd 2y
squirrelbrain Oh thanks @Cinfhen - I‘ll check both of those out. 2y
Cinfhen 🤞🏼🤞🏼 @squirrelbrain 2y
Caroline2 Oh that‘s disappointing. Hmm, think I‘ll skip and read her memoir instead. I generally think memoirs on the Holocaust are much better than the fiction books. They never seem to get the tone right somehow. 2y
TrishB @Caroline2 yes, memoirs good or proper fiction. Not based on. 2y
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DHill
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1. The City We Became (audio)
The Institute (hardcopy)
2. The Librarian of Auschwitz
3. 45 books Goodreads goal
Read more books I already have and buy less
Read at least one book each month for
#AuthorAMonth

#WeekendReads @rachelsbrittain

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DHill
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And with this I close out 2020.

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Tattooedteacher
Librarian of Auschwitz | Antonio Iturbe
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Today I picked The Librarian of Auschwitz for #12booksof2020. I very much enjoyed many parts of the book, while some where on the slower side. Books like this cause me to reflect on my own determination and bravery, asking myself what would I do? @Andrew65

EadieB I read and enjoyed this one too! 2y
Andrew65 One I need to get to. 2y
megnews I read this awhile ago and feel the same as you. The Giver of Stars is coming up in my list as well! 2y
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DarkMina
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Thank you @Elizabeth2 !

Elizabeth2 You‘re welcome!! I hope you enjoy reading it! I have always been interested in the Holocaust and WWII literature. My mother was born on November 28, 1941, the day my grandparents brought her home from the hospital was the day Pearl Harbor was attacked. I have always wondered what that must have felt like. (My grandmother died when I was just 9, so I never asked her.) 2y
DarkMina @Elizabeth2 That would have been an interesting story to hear from your Grandma. I really like that time frame as well. (edited) 2y
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AloraGrey
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I always have multiple books on the go. This is my other read right now.

Rehesina Same! I have like 4 books at the same time and I‘ll always manage to throw in a new one! I used to be a very one book at a time person, but that changed in 2020! =P 2y
AloraGrey @Rehesina I love reading multiple books at a time! And I'm now listening to Audible in my way to work. Listening to Braving the Wilderness by Brene Brown right now. It's amazing! 2y
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HessCA
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"Peace is very demanding:. It has to wipe out the effects of war as quickly as possible."

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HessCA
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Truth is the first casualty of war.

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Chelsey_5
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Just Amazing!! This was so raw, powerful, and thought provoking. Dita‘s story was told in such an authentic and heartbreaking way that was full of emotions, harsh truths, and incredibly captivating. In addition to the holocaust setting, there was an air of innocence that reflects on the things I feel we take for granted everyday. Overall a beautifully written story. November 1/20 #bookspinbingo

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ishan0986
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My #bookspin done. This month reading has been scarce. I just couldn't read. Coming to the book, I am gonna be honest. I had some idea about it but didn't know about the exact details of such camps and the sentiments of people kept there. I was stunned reading this. The cruelty and insensitivity of the nazi regime left me utterly shocked and stunned. But the the courage shown by the people, the light of hope in such atmosphere is just amazing. ⬇️

ishan0986 The resilience, the strength they emmitt is what keeps humanity alive. The love for books shown here reminds me how we sometimes take books for granted. Books are not just some pages about stuff. They are a source of love, happiness, emotions and they infact bring about emotions that I am too afraid to show to anyone. Life, all life is short. Live it peacefully and with love. Everyone should read this. @TheAromaofBooks thanks for hosting. 2y
TheAromaofBooks Great review!!! 2y
Nute Thoughtful review! I agree...the impact of reading is priceless! 2y
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ishan0986
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Always wanted to read these but sadly could not find a handy copy of both. Atlast I got them. Will read them during the next month's #bookspinbingo.
#bookhaul

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mcctrish
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This story is based on real people and real events like The Tattooist of Auschwitz. I found it more harrowing. I read Tattooist while we were in Munich and visited Dachau when I was about half way through. I finished the last 20% driving to Toronto with my son ( audio book) and he said ( only hearing that much) “that was good!” It really is and a great audio book. I still don‘t understand why people are such monsters though

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mcctrish
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This little furry dude crossed my path while on my audio walk today ( people must think I‘m nuts as a scramble to get my photo out of my pocket and open the camera and point it at the ground 🤪)

charl08 I took a photo of a large slug today on the pavement so you have company! 🤣 2y
FlowerFairy Wooly bear!!! 😍 2y
mcctrish @charl08 ✊🏻🤣 2y
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mcctrish @FlowerFairy I‘m not sure I‘ve seen one crossing the sidewalk before 🤷🏻‍♀️a high point of my day for sure 2y
FlowerFairy Their color is supposed to predict a mild or harsh winter. I live in Florida. We don‘t see them often, but I love when we do come across them. 2y
mcctrish @FlowerFairy I just read that the black bands predict how hard winter will be, front = beginning and end =end so a bad start to winter for us? 2y
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mcctrish
Librarian of Auschwitz | Antonio Iturbe
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Making pancakes this morning while listening

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mcctrish
Librarian of Auschwitz | Antonio Iturbe
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Finally got myself to DQ

JenReadsAlot Yum! 2y
mcctrish @JenReadsAlot I inhaled it 2y
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wildwoodreads
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I finally read this one. I expected it to be a favorite, but it fell slightly short from the mark. I just felt like the multiple points of view included took away from the story of Dita. I don‘t regret my time reading it at all though.

My Full Review: https://readinginthewildwood.com/2020/06/15/the-librarian-of-auschwitz-by-antoni...

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wildwoodreads
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Booktube was my first introduction into the bookish community. It has really helped influence and shape me as a reader. Today‘s blog post is on a few of my favorite booktubers. Who are your favorite booktubers? I am always hunting new people to watch.

https://readinginthewildwood.com/2020/06/08/my-favorite-booktubers/

Clwojick I love BooksandLala and DrinkingByMyShelf 💕 3y
InBooksILive I enjoy watching Chelsea Palmer. She's pretty quirky 😊 I like Hailey in Bookland too. 3y
jackilynn I love Thoughts on Tomes!! I am also a big fan of HardbackHoarder, Piera Forde, and Little Book Owl. 3y
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wildwoodreads @jackilynn Thoughts on Tomes is the best! I will have to check them out! 3y
wildwoodreads @InBooksILive Oh! I like Chelsea Palmer too! 3y
wildwoodreads @Clwojick I will have to check them out! Thanks! 💕 3y
Sace A great episode about black booktubers It introduced me to booktubing period (caude I live under a rock 😂) https://blackchicklit.com/podcast/bcl-chat-youtube-and-black-booktubers/hicklebe... 3y
Centique I watch SavidgeReads and Lauren and the Books 😍 3y
wildwoodreads @Sace I will have to check that out! I was thinking when I posted that I haven‘t heard of any poc booktubers. 3y
Reggie I like ComfyCozyUp, Purrfectpages, Books are my social life, Edward Lorn, What Page Are You On, and Mina Reads. They all offer something different. 3y
wildwoodreads @Reggie awesome! I will check them out! 3y
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wildwoodreads
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I wish I could spend everyday reading in the sun. ☀️

ju.ca.no Best way to spend the day🥰 3y
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wildwoodreads
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Happy June! What are you reading this month? Here is part of my tbr. I‘m waiting on two more books to come in the mail.

https://readinginthewildwood.com/2020/06/01/june-tbr/

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Texreader
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Day 12: I‘m following the idea to post a book from my tbr list from @StaceyKondla and @Cortg

No description or reason for wanting to read it is necessary if you want to join along. #tbrpile

StaceyKondla Great book!! 💕 3y
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Rissa1
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Though I loved all of this book, my favorite part was the post script. The history of the lives after camp is beautiful.

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Rissa1
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Youngest child is watching her online classes, one is on his way to his Chiropracter appointment, and I am audio-coloring.

Texreader That‘s so pretty!!! 3y
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Rissa1
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I have turned off the audiobook for the night, but this phrase keeps playing over and over in my mind. I know it has to do with how I am feeling about being stuck at home, but it is midnight and I want to go to sleep. I am hoping if I put this out here for all of you, I can let it go from my own mind.

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Rissa1
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Audio before bed

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pitou215
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Another aushwitz book. I love reading these stories I feel like I'm helping them keep their story alive. Anyone else read aushwitz survivors stories?

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abookishbutterfly
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This relies heavily on Dita‘s personal account mixed with surmised thoughts and feelings on the part of the author. It‘s a book that brings you as close as possible to being there yourself. I think it‘s an important read and one I might revisit in the years to come.

Full review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2296424123

Dcueto Thanks for sharing! Really liked “the tattooist” and dita was a favorite so would love to learn more about her 3y
abookishbutterfly @Dcueto I haven‘t read that yet, although I have it. I‘m looking forward to that one. 3y
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LibrarianBecky
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The next instalment of quarantine reading fun is “The librarian of auschwitz”. Great book .. especially for younger readers who don‘t want a lot of holocaust gore. Just couldn‘t put this down!

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abookishbutterfly

It must be close to the freezing point outside, but they aren‘t cold; or if they are, they‘re sharing it, so it‘s more bearable.

Maybe that‘s what love is - sharing the cold.

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brilliantglow
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Highly relatable! Ahaha

readordierachel Love these comics! 3y
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abookishbutterfly

“It‘s easy to commend the hero whose actions are visible. But how do you measure the bravery of those who step aside?” ~The Librarian of Auschwitz/Antonio Iturbe

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Bookish_Gal
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This was a difficult book to read. Both due to the antagonizing based on real history -we know the horrid Nazi camps- as well as the uneven flow of the story. Hopefully that‘s only because this is a translated version. It was difficult to follow each character. As such, it was difficult to follow the emotion besides the general fear and doubt-but that‘s the camp for you too. I am conflicted on my end rating. It‘s not one to be taken lightly 4/5