The Librarian of Auschwitz

The Librarian of Auschwitz

Book - 2017
Average Rating:
Rate this:
Follows Dita Kraus from age fourteen, when she is put in charge of a few forbidden books at Auschwitz concentration camp, through the end of World War II and beyond. Based on a true story.
Publisher: New York : Henry Holt and Company, 2017
Edition: First American edition
ISBN: 9781627796187
Branch Call Number: FICTION (TEEN) Iturbe, Antonio
Characteristics: 423 pages ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Thwaites, Lilit ┼Żekulin - Translator


From the critics

Community Activity


Add a Comment
Jul 16, 2019

WOW!! What an amazing World War 2 novel. A real story told through the perspective of a concentration camp teen. Dita is just a girl but she has a dangerous secret. She's the keeper of 8 books in the worst concentration camp of them all. Can she keep the knowledge of the real world safe or will the Nazi's wipe out the real world forever. 13+

Jun 05, 2019

The Librarian of Auschwitz was one of the best books that I have ever read. It was touching and moving and amazing and horrible at the same time. This book really showed me just how terrible the holocaust was and how lucky we are to live in a save world with no fear of what would happen if you were caught reading a book.

Apr 28, 2019

Awesome! gave me a different perspective on the Holocaust, as well as making it personal by getting to know the people, and then seeing what happened to them and / or their loved ones.

BPLpicks Mar 04, 2019

Eight smuggled books with tattered pages and broken spines become the lifeline to normalcy in the lives of children imprisoned in Auschwitz. Fourteen year-old Dita becomes the keeper of the books in Block 31. This gut-wretching, sobering account explores how hope, life and love can still be found amongst the brutality and despair of a death camp. Outstanding audio version available.

OPL_KrisC Feb 03, 2018

I don't often give a book 5 stars, but I couldn't help it with this book b/c it was so good. This story is based on the real-life story of Auschwitz prisoner Dita Kraus. I can't believe how brave this young girl was in hiding books from the Nazis at Auschwitz and dealing with Dr. Mengele. I really liked the end pages of the book which are aerial shots of Auschwitz and the "What Happened" section at the back of the book that shares what happened to famous historical figures after the war.

Jan 12, 2018

Horrifying, compelling, and inspiring. I loved this book.

samcmar Nov 28, 2017

The Librarian of Auschwitz is a novel based on the life of Dita Kraus, a young woman who risked her life to protect literature in a Nazi death-camp. Dubbed "The Librarian of Auxchwitz," Dita made it her priority to protect the books that were found on the grounds, while also helping those in need during a period of turmoil.

This book is depressing, but important. There is so man sad and horrifying moments that remind you how truly dreadful human beings are. This book reminds readers of the horrors of the Holocaust and how difficult that event truly was. I loved Dita's courage in the story and I appreciate that as someone as young as she is, she decides to be brave in a place where bravery could potential mean death. There's a vividness in this translation that gives the reader the sense of tragedy and foreboding. There is discomfort, fear, and sadness in these pages, and I found myself truly feeling for people represented in this story.

This book shows so much hope in the darkness, and while I don't read a lot of historical fiction, I appreciate the learning opportunities that come from a well researched book. The Librarian of Auschwitz is a slow read, but a thoughtful one throughout.


Add Age Suitability
Jul 16, 2019

GreenNinjaGo thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

Jun 02, 2018

blue_bird_8278 thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

OPL_KrisC Apr 06, 2018

OPL_KrisC thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over


Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.


Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.


Add a Quote

There are no quotes for this title yet.

Explore Further

Browse by Call Number


Subject Headings


Find it at SPPL

To Top