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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Full title zookeeper s wife
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auth_author2 Toren, Suzanne,, Toren, Suzanne.
author Ackerman, Diane, 1948-
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display_description 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.
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subject_facet , Audiobooks, Case studies, Ethnic relations, Europe, Eastern, History, Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945), Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945) -- Poland -- Warsaw, Jews, Jews -- Poland -- Warsaw, Jews rescue (1939-1945 : World War), Large type books, Military Personnel, Playaway (Preloaded audio player), Poland -- Warsaw, Righteous Gentiles in the Holocaust, Righteous Gentiles in the Holocaust -- Poland -- Warsaw, Righteous Gentiles in the Holocaust -- Poland -- Warsaw -- Case studies, Warsaw (Poland), Warsaw (Poland) -- Ethnic relations, World War (1939-1945), World War, 1939-1945, World War, 1939-1945 -- Jews -- Rescue, World War, 1939-1945 -- Jews -- Rescue -- Poland -- Warsaw, World War, 1939-1945 -- Poland -- Warsaw, Z?abin?ska, Antonina, Z?abin?ski, Jan, -- 1897-1974, Zoo keepers, Zoo keepers -- Poland -- Warsaw, Zoo keepers -- Poland -- Warsaw -- Case studies, Żabińska, Antonina, Żabiński, Jan, -- 1897-1974
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 : a war story (LP) Ackerman, Diane, 1948-, The zookeeper's wife : a war story [electronic resource] / Diane Ackerman, The zookeeper's wife [electronic resource] / by Diane Ackerman, The zookeeper's wife [sound recording] / by Diane Ackerman
title_short The zookeeper's wife
title_sub a war story
topic_facet Ethnic relations, History, Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945), Jews, Military, Military Personnel, Nonfiction, Rescue, Righteous Gentiles in the Holocaust, World War, 1939-1945, Z?abin?ska, Antonina, Z?abin?ski, Jan, Zoo keepers, Żabińska, Antonina, Żabiński, Jan
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