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The zookeeper's wife: A War Story

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Jan and Antonina Zabinski were Polish Christian zookeepers horrified by Nazi racism, who managed to save over three hundred people. Yet their story has fallen between the seams of history. Drawing on Antonina's diary and other historical sources, bestselling naturalist Diane Ackerman vividly re-creates Antonina's life as "the zookeeper's wife," responsible for her own family, the zoo animals, and their "guests" resistance activists and refugee Jews, many of whom Jan had smuggled from the Warsaw Ghetto.Jan led a cell of saboteurs, and the Zabinski's young son risked his life carrying food to the guests, while also tending to an eccentric array of creatures in the house (pigs, hare, muskrat, foxes, and more). With hidden people having animal names, and pet animals having human names, it's a small wonder the zoo's code name became "The House under a Crazy Star." Yet there is more to this story than a colorful cast. With her exquisite sensitivity to the natural world, Ackerman explores the role of nature in both kindness and savagery, and she unravels the fascinating and disturbing obsession at the core of Nazism: both a worship of nature and its violation, as humans sought to control the genome of the entire planet.
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Toren, Suzanne. Narrator
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The movie The Zookeeper's Wife, based on the New York Times bestselling book, opens March 2017.

In 1939 Poland, Antonina Żabiński (portrayed by two-time Academy Award nominee Jessica Chastain) and her husband, Dr. Jan Żabiński (Johan Heldenbergh), have the Warsaw Zoo flourishing under his stewardship and her care. When their country is invaded by the Nazis, Jan and Antonina are—and forced to report to the Reich's newly appointed chief zoologist, Lutz Heck (Daniel Brühl). To fight back on their own terms, the Żabińskis covertly begin working with the Resistance—and put into action plans to save lives out of what has become the Warsaw Ghetto, with Antonina putting herself and even her children at great risk.

The Washington Post praised the book as being "simultaneously grave and exuberant, wise and playful," while Jonathan Safran Foer wrote, "The Zookeeper's Wife will touch every nerve you have."

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Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945) -- Poland -- Warsaw
Jews -- Poland -- Warsaw
Righteous Gentiles in the Holocaust -- Poland -- Warsaw
Warsaw (Poland) -- Ethnic relations
World War, 1939-1945 -- Jews -- Rescue -- Poland -- Warsaw
Zoo keepers -- Poland -- Warsaw
title_display The zookeeper's wife
title_full The Zookeeper's Wife A War Story
The zookeeper's wife / Diane Ackerman
The zookeeper's wife [sound recording] / by Diane Ackerman
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