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The Zookeeper's Wife: A War Story

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Suzanne Toren

10 Hours 57 Minutes

Blackstone Audiobooks

May 2008

Audio Book Summary

When Germany invaded Poland, 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 the 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 and refusing to give in to the penetrating fear of discovery, even as Europe crumbled around her.

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  • Joan Shinnick

    Good book. Sad story. Evocative scenes etched in my mind. Thought the story digressed many times in order to tell the background story. Sometimes became a bit tedious. Highly recommend a related fictional story set in Germany called "The Book Thief".

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