Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event that is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine and spotlights upcoming releases that we are eagerly anticipating.
The Librarian of Auschwitz by Antonio G. Iturbe
It will be released on October 10, 2017, by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) It has been translated by Lilit Thwaites. It is #ownvoices for Jewish rep.
I found out about this book via Bookshelves and Paperbacks. She posted a list of diverse books for the 2nd half of the year and it gave me books that I didn’t know was going to be released and I will update my own list. But anyway, I saw this cover and thought it was beautiful and I checked out the synopsis and knew right there, that I am going to read this book at some point.
The synopsis breaks my heart and I knew I would going to need a box or two of tissues to get myself through this book.
The cover is so beautiful. The books stacked upon each other with a girl standing on top, looking at a sunset with fences in front of her with a Star of David in the sky. So heartwrenching but beautiful at the same time.
Based on the experience of real-life Auschwitz prisoner Dita Kraus, this is the incredible story of a girl who risked her life to keep the magic of books alive during the Holocaust.
Fourteen-year-old Dita is one of the many imprisoned by the Nazis at Auschwitz. Taken, along with her mother and father, from the Terezín ghetto in Prague, Dita is adjusting to the constant terror that is life in the camp. When Jewish leader Freddy Hirsch asks Dita to take charge of the eight precious volumes the prisoners have managed to sneak past the guards, she agrees. And so Dita becomes the librarian of Auschwitz.
Out of one of the darkest chapters of human history comes this extraordinary story of courage and hope.