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  • ISBN: 0393354253
  • ISBN: 9780393354256
  • Physical Description: print
    368 pages : illustrations ; photographs ; 21 cm
  • Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton, 2017

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Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references (pages 343-349) and index.
Summary, etc.: 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 Żabiński began smuggling Jews into empty cages. Another dozen "guests" hid inside the Żabińskis' 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
Righteous Gentiles in the Holocaust Poland Warsaw Case studies
Zoo keepers Poland Warsaw Case studies
Warsaw (Poland) Ethnic relations

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The Zookeeper's Wife : A War Story
The Zookeeper's Wife : A War Story
by Ackerman, Diane
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The Zookeeper's Wife : A War Story

The New York Times bestseller now a major motion picture starring Jessica Chastain. 1939: the Germans have invaded Poland. The keepers of the Warsaw zoo, Jan and Antonina Zabinski, survive the bombardment of the city, only to see the occupiers ruthlessly kill many of their animals. The Nazis then carry off the prized specimens to Berlin for their program to create the "purest" breeds, much as they saw themselves as the purest human race. Opposed to all the Nazis represented, the Zabinskis risked their lives by hiding Jews in the now-empty animal cages, saving as many as three hundred people from extermination. Acclaimed, best-selling author Diane Ackerman, fascinated both by the Zabinskis' courage and by Antonina's incredible sensitivity to all living beings, tells a moving and dramatic story of the power of empathy and the strength of love. A Focus Features release, it is directed by Niki Caro, written by Angela Workman.
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