BOOK OF THE WEEK: The Librarian of Auschwitz by Antonio Iturbe
This week's choice by the team at Bookmark in Spalding is based on the true story of Dita Kraus
Fourteen-year-old Dita is one of the many imprisoned by the Nazis at Auschwitz. Taken, along with her mother and father, from the Terezín ghetto in Prague, Dita is adjusting to the constant terror that is life in the camp.
When Jewish leader Freddy Hirsch asks Dita to take charge of the eight precious books the prisoners have managed to smuggle past the guards, she agrees.
Dita becomes the secret librarian of Auschwitz, responsible for the safekeeping of the small collection of titles. As well as the ‘living books’ - prisoners of Auschwitz who know certain books so well, they too can be ‘borrowed’ to educate the children in the camp.
But books are extremely dangerous. They make people think. And nowhere are they more dangerous than in Block 31 of Auschwitz, the children’s block, where the slightest transgression can result in execution, no matter how young the transgressor…
The Librarian of Auschwitz. Based on the true story of Dita Kraus (RRP £8.99). Available from Bookmark in The Crescent, Spalding, at £6.99. There's a further 20% discount with the voucher in this week's Spalding Guardian (on sale April 11 until 17).