The Zookeeper’s Wife – Diane Ackerman

Dec 16

The Zookeeper’s Wife – Diane Ackerman

While I did not particularly enjoy Diane Ackerman‘s writing style (it was a bit dry and book-reportish for my taste) I did sincerely appreciate the facts of this true story.

Ms. Ackerman tells about the lives of Jan and Antonina and their time as zookeepers in Poland during WWII. After Warsaw becomes occupied by Nazis and the zoo’s population is decimated, Jan and Antonina turn the zoo into sort of an underground railroad station for Jewish people trying to stay alive. It is an incredible story of bravery in a time of ultimate depravity. Antonina has a lively personality and remains focused and mostly positive through the worst of times. People are hidden in secret closets and areas designed to contain animals.

The story of Jan and Antonina is a true testament of good over evil; I just wish that the author had relayed their story in a more succinct and narrative way.

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