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A Delayed Life: The true story of the Librarian of Auschwitz

ISBN 
9781529106053
Format 
Paperback
Recommended Price 
R240.00
Published 
February 2020
About the book: 
The powerful, heart-breaking memoir of Dita Kraus, the real-life Librarian of Auschwitz
 
Born 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 Terezín, 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.
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