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The zookeeper's wife: A War Story

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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.With her exuberant prose and exquisite sensitivity to the natural world, Diane Ackerman engages us viscerally in the lives of the zoo animals, their keepers, and their hidden visitors. She shows us how Antonina refused to give in to the penetrating fear of discovery, keeping alive an atmosphere of play and innocence even as Europe crumbled around her.
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Toren, Suzanne. Narrator
ISBN:
9780393061727
9780792750185
9780393354263
9780393354256
9780792751298
9781602834774
9780393069358
9780393333060
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Level 9.3, 16 Points
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Full title zookeeper s wife
Author ackerman diane
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Last Update 2018-05-24 23:05:25PM
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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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subject_facet Audiobooks, 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
title_short The zookeeper's wife
title_sub A War Story
topic_facet Audiobooks, Ethnic relations, History, Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945), Jews, Military, Nonfiction, Rescue, Righteous Gentiles in the Holocaust, World War, 1939-1945, Zoo keepers