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The zookeeper's wife

Author: Diane Ackerman
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton, [2007] ©2007
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biographies
Case studies
Named Person: Jan Żabiński; Antonina Żabińska; Antonina Żabińska; Jan Żabiński
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Diane Ackerman
ISBN: 9780393061727 0393061728 9780739495797 0739495798 9780393333060 039333306X 9780755365036 0755365038
OCLC Number: 122291559
Description: 368 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Contents: 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 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 ...
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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.

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