The powerful, heart-breaking memoir of Dita Kraus, the real-life
Librarian of AuschwitzBorn in Prague to a Jewish family in 1929, Dita
Kraus has lived through the most turbulent decades of the twentieth and
early twenty-first centuries. Here, Dita writes with startling clarity
on the horrors and joys of a life delayed by the Holocaust. From her
earliest memories and childhood friendships in Prague before the war, to
the Nazi-occupation that saw her and her family sent to the Jewish
ghetto at Terezin, to the unimaginable fear and bravery of her
imprisonment in Auschwitz and Bergen-Belsen, and life after liberation.
Dita writes unflinchingly about the harsh conditions of the camps and her role as librarian of the precious books that her fellow prisoners managed to smuggle past the guards. But she also looks beyond the Holocaust - to the life she rebuilt after the war: her marriage to fellow survivor Otto B Kraus, a new life in Israel and the happiness and heartbreaks of motherhood. Part of Dita's story was told in fictional form in the Sunday Times bestseller The Librarian of Auschwitz by Antonio Iturbe.
Her memoir tells the full story in her own words.
A Delayed Life : The true story of the Librarian of Auschwitz - Dita Kraus
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