"The Librarian of Auschwitz" by Antonio Iturbe

"The Librarian of Auschwitz" by Antonio Iturbe
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  • Block 31 needed a new librarian. Would you do me the honor of becoming our new librarian?
  • I would be honored, Fredy! 
  • I see everything. I'll be watching you even when you can't see me. 
  • You must carefully hide the books, Dita. Mengele is watching your every move. 
  • Dita Kraus is entrusted with the job of being the librarian for Block 31's makeshift school inside the walls of the concentartion camp, Auschwitz.  
  • You can be the library's first human story!
  • Dr. Josef Mengele, responsible for many experiements on children, warns Dita that he is watching her every move, as he is suspicious of her odd behavior during roll calls and inspections.
  • Roll call!
  • Dita reluctantly informs Fredy Hirsch that she is being watched by Mengle and Fredy allows Dita to continue her job as the librarian as long as she promises to carefully hide the books. Dita promised Hirsch, and stopped hiding the books inside her clothing. 
  • Although Dita has been maticulous when taking care of the books and hiding them, Mengele has become even more suspicious of Dita and all of Block 31. Dita decides to use people, in addition to books, to relay stories to the children of Auschwitz. 
  • Dita and the rest of the inhabitants of Auschwitz are forced to appear in front of Mengele so he can see if they are fit enough to be transferred to Bergen Belsen. Dita is frightened at the throught of appearing in Mengele, and she hides her book in the woodpile on last time. 
  • Auschwitz, Bergen Belsen, and other concentration camps were liberated by American and British troops. Dita, her mother, and best friend, Margit, were freed in 1945. Dita never sees Mengele again, and lived the rest of her life in peace and happiness with her husband. Dita never lost the passion for books. 
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