The Zookeeper's Wife

The Zookeeper's Wife

A War Story

Audiobook CD - 2007
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The true story of how the keepers of the Warsaw Zoo saved hundreds of people from Nazi hands. When Germany invaded Poland, Stuka bombers devastated Warsaw--and the city's zoo along with it. With most of their animals dead, zookeepers Jan and Antonina Żabiński began smuggling Jews into empty cages. Another dozen "guests" hid inside the Żabińskis' villa, emerging after dark for dinner, socializing, and, during rare moments of calm, piano concerts. Jan, active in the Polish resistance, kept ammunition buried in the elephant enclosure and stashed explosives in the animal hospital. Meanwhile, Antonina kept her unusual household afloat, caring for both its human and its animal inhabitants--otters, a badger, hyena pups, lynxes--and keeping alive an atmosphere of play and innocence even as Europe crumbled around her.--From publisher description.
Publisher: North Kingston, RI : BBC Audiobooks, c2007.
ISBN: 9781602834774
9780792750185
Call Number: 940.53 ACKERMAN
Characteristics: 9 compact discs (11 hrs., 18 min.)
Subjects: Warsaw (Poland) -- Ethnic relations.
Zoo keepers -- Poland -- Warsaw.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Jews -- Rescue -- Poland -- Warsaw.
Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945) -- Poland -- Warsaw.
Righteous Gentiles in the Holocaust -- Poland -- Warsaw.
Jews -- Poland -- Warsaw.
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MadReads Sep 19, 2011

What could have been an interesting look at zoo life and world war II in Poland was bogged down by random tangents. So, one of the zookeepers acquaintances happened to collect and mount bugs (it wasn't displayed at the zoo or anything like that). That doesn't mean I want to read/listen to pages and pages on different types of beetles!

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lpreston214
Jan 28, 2010

I enjoyed most of this book. The parts about Jan's work with the Underground, sneaking Jews out of the Warsaw ghetto and just all the things that happened to the zoo and to Warsaw and the Zabinski family and friends during the war were facinating. I could have done without long passages about beetles etc. You can skip over those and not miss a thing.

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