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The zookeeper's wife: a war story

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The New York Times bestseller soon to be a major motion picture starring Jessica Chastain. A true story in which 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. 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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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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subject_facetHolocaust, 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
Żabińska, Antonina
Żabiński, Jan, -- 1897-1974
title_displayThe zookeeper's wife
title_fullThe Zookeeper's Wife A War Story
The zookeeper's wife / Diane Ackerman
The zookeeper's wife : a war story [electronic resource] / Diane Ackerman
title_shortThe zookeeper's wife
title_suba war story
topic_facetEthnic relations
History
Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)
Jews
Nonfiction
Rescue
Righteous Gentiles in the Holocaust
World War, 1939-1945
Zoo keepers
Żabińska, Antonina
Żabiński, Jan