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Author Ackerman, Diane, 1948-

Title The zookeeper's wife / Diane Ackerman.

Edition First edition.
Publication Info. New York : W.W. Norton, [2007]
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 95th Street Adult Nonfiction  940.531835 ACK    AVAILABLE
 95th Street Adult Nonfiction  940.531835 ACK    AVAILABLE
 Naper Blvd. Adult Nonfiction  940.531835 ACK    AVAILABLE
 Naper Blvd. Adult Nonfiction  940.531835 ACK    AVAILABLE
 Nichols Adult Nonfiction  940.531835 ACK    DUE 06-23-20
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Description 368 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 22 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages [324]-349) and index.
Summary 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 Zabinski began smuggling Jews into empty cages. Another dozen "guests" hid inside the Zabinskis' 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.
Subject Żabiński , Jan, 1897-1974.
Żabińska, Antonina
Jews -- Poland -- Warsaw.
Righteous Gentiles in the Holocaust -- Poland -- Warsaw.
Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945) -- Poland -- Warsaw.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Jews -- Rescue -- Poland -- Warsaw.
Zoo keepers -- Poland -- Warsaw.
Warsaw (Poland) -- Ethnic relations.
ISBN 9780393061727
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SRP 2013 X
August 12 2013
SRP 2013 REVIEW: A very good book. It is non fiction. It is set in Poland during WWII.
SRP 2012 X
August 17 2012
SRP 2012 REVIEW: Interesting view of war.
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