The Librarian of Auschwitz - Antonio Iturbe, Lilit Thwaites
Dita is determined to prove to everyone—and herself— that she is brave. But she is facing one of the most disturbingly cruel environments humanity has ever wreaked: Auschwitz. When the handsome Fredy Hirsch offers her a dangerous opportunity to become The Librarian of Auschwitz (Henry Holt, $19.99), guarding the eight books that have been smuggled into the camp, she accepts despite the risk of being caught. Then Dr. Josef Mengele, known as the Angel of Death for his depraved human experiments, tells Dita he has his eye on her. This is a whole new level of terror, and Dita goes to tell Fredy what has happened and ask for his advice when she overhears a conversation that causes her to question her loyalty. Antonio Iturbe interviewed Holocaust survivor Dita Kraus to create a fictionalized account of her experience, a masterful work that translator Lilit Thwaites has now brought to an English-speaking audience. Ages 14-18.