The Librarian of Auschwitz


Antonio Iturbe’s story about a girl who risked her life to keep the magic of books alive during the Holocaust, does not skirt around the horrors of Auschwitz. Based on the experience of real-life prisoner Dita Kraus, it dives right into the heart of darkness.

Fourteen-year-old Dita Kraus was taken, along with her mother and father, from the Terez?n ghetto in Prague to Auschwitz where life in the camp was constant terror. When camp leader Freddy Hirsch asked Dita to take charge of the eight precious and forbidden books the prisoners have managed to hide from the guards, the young girl became the librarian of Auschwitz.This remarkable story of courage and hope is an important book — as important as the eight books our heroine protected.

Kemie Nix ©2018 Parents’ Choice

Kemie Nix is Chairman of Children’s Literature for Children (CLC), a non-profit, tax-exempt, educational organization dedicated to bringing children and books together. Mrs. Nix, a senior book editor for Parents’ Choice, has a remarkable sense of selecting books children love to read.

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