Zookeeper's Wife, The: A War Story

by Diane Ackerman | History |
ISBN: 039333306X Global Overview for this book
Registered by winghyphen8wing of Honolulu, Hawaii USA on 1/5/2013
Buy from one of these Booksellers:
Amazon.com | Amazon UK | Amazon CA | Amazon DE | Amazon FR | Amazon IT | Bol.com
2 journalers for this copy...
Journal Entry 1 by winghyphen8wing from Honolulu, Hawaii USA on Monday, January 07, 2013
Excellent look at the occupation of Warsaw by the Nazis: told from the viewpoint of Antonina, the zookeeper's wife. Photos after page 192: I always want more.

I love the stories about the animals, but the Nazis really treated the Polish people badly, and you don't hear about that much in the US. According to this book, they were threatened with harsher punishment for helping the Jews than the people of any other country - and yet so many of them helped anyway. (I also remember a Polish former co-worker telling me that any Pole who helped the Jews faced death if caught.)

Here is a heron sculpted by Magdalena Gross, probably from a model at the zoo, and a cormorant.

Other copies on my BookCrossing shelf:

http://www.bookcrossing.com/journal/10531781
http://www.bookcrossing.com/journal/13494025

Journal Entry 2 by winghyphen8wing at Honolulu, Hawaii USA on Saturday, January 12, 2013

Released 6 yrs ago (1/11/2013 UTC) at Honolulu, Hawaii USA

CONTROLLED RELEASE NOTES:

Off to see the world by way of chefcrossing's Rescue-themed bookbox: the Zabinskis were part of the Polish resistance during the WWII German Occupation; they helped a number of Jews escape from the Nazis.

~ ~ ~ ~ ~


This book was set free to find a new reader; I'm so glad you've found it!

This is now your book and you may do whatever you like with it, but I'm hoping you will read and enjoy it. You're welcome to keep it for as long as you wish, and you can even mark it for your "permanent collection" if you'd like...but you don't have to.

In fact, there are no requirements: it's really a free book - no strings. On the other hand, if you do make a journal entry to let the book's previous readers know that it's safely in your hands (anonymously if you wish), that would be super. :D

If you're new to BookCrossing, I hope you will take some time to explore this wonderful free and anonymous community of book lovers and learn about what it has to offer. If you decide to sign up, you may use me (hyphen8) as your referring member if you like.

When you're done with the book, please do feel free to make a journal entry saying what you thought of it or what you plan to do with it next. If you decide to pass it this book to another reader or leave it for someone else to find, joining BookCrossing will allow you to follow the book's future travels whenever another reader makes a journal entry...who knows where it will turn up next?

BookCrossing: making the whole world a library!

Journal Entry 3 by wingBooksandMusicwing at Seattle, Washington USA on Tuesday, May 22, 2018
Having read some of the negative reviews I was expecting something less than what I got.
I found the book quite good. I got a better understanding of what it was like for the Polish people when the Germans invaded, how the Germans killed so many Polish people and destroyed much of Warsaw. And to hide and help Jews was terribly dangerous but there were many Polish people who risked their lives, the lives of the their family and neighbors to get Jews out of the ghetto and into safe houses. I think one of the most telling scenes in the book is when the German officers come to the devastated zoo and hold a New Year's hunting party killing the remaining helpless zoo animals. And then there was that German guard who liked to shoot children sneaking out of the ghetto to get food and bring it back to their families. What happens to soldiers in war, what happens to people. Is it that the inner nature is let loose? Some people choose to become killers (above and beyond the obligations of a soldier) and others choose to save lives. The zookeeper and his wife chose to save lives, they had many close calls and had to be clever, there were so many dangers. I thought the author did a good job telling the story.

Are you sure you want to delete this item? It cannot be undone.