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The Librarian Of Auschwitz
Original title: La bibliotecaria de Auschwitz
Category: Fiction | General Fiction
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The Librarian Of Auschwitz

Original title: La bibliotecaria de Auschwitz
Category: Fiction | General Fiction

This novel is inspired by the real-life story of Dita Poláchová, a 14-year-old Czech girl who is taken with her family to the concentration camps at Auschwitz. In the camp, the Nazis had created a school with the aim to cover up the horrors of Auschwitz. A prisoner, Fredy Hirsch, has managed to hide eight books from the Nazis. Dita hides, takes care and shares the frails volumes of the smallest and more clandestine public library that has never existed.

Dita survived to Holocaust and married another survivor, Otto Kraus. Antonio Iturbe interviewed Dita and wrote her story.

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Highlights The Librarian Of Auschwitz


A tender, heartrending story about the power of reading.


Over 350.000 copies sold worldwide!

This novel is based on the true story of a Czech girl whom the author interviewed several times in Prague. She risked her life to keep the magic of books alive.

A consummately original story: the fact that there were books in the concentration camps has not been explored by writers until now.

Rights sold

Rizzoli (Italy), Meulenhoff (The Netherlands), Planeta Manuscrito (Portugal), Akropolis (Czech Republic), Ediouro (Brazil), RAO Books (Romania), Publik Praktikum (Serbia), Shanghai Century Literature Publishing Company (China), Shueisha (Japan), Henry Holt (USA), Ebury (UK), Pygmalion (France), Popcorn (Russia), Wydawnictwo Literackie (Poland), Merry Go Around (Thailand), Alexandra Kiadó (Hungary), Pendo / Piper (Germany), Bookrecipe (Corea), Klidarithmos (Greece), Baltos Lankos (Lithuania), Iztok Zapad (Bulgaria), Keter Books (Israel), Ucila (Slovenia), Bokförlaget Polaris (Sweden), Like Kustannus (Finland), Vivat (Ukraine), Politikens (Denmark), Spring International Publishers (Taiwan), Grada (Slovakia), Morava (Albania). | Film: La Bibliotecaria De Auschwitz

International editions

Technical data

Publishing date: | 488 pages | ISBN: 978-84-08-00951-1 | Imprint: Editorial Planeta

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