One of our local library youths wrote a very nice review of the book The Librarian of Auschwitz. Based on her review, we’ll buy a copy for the library! Encourage teens you know to stop in and choose a book to review, and we’ll post it here!
The Librarian of Auschwitz by Antonio Hurde Book Review
By O. H.
The novel The Librarian of Auschwitz, is a very interesting work. This book is about a Jewish girl, Dita, who lived in Auschwitz. She spent time taking care of books, at the risk that if she had been caught by the SS guards, she would have been put to death.
In my opinion, this story is a very interesting account of what it was like in the lives of the Jewish people during the Holocaust. I feel like Hurde did a very good job writing this book by how well the characters were portrayed. I liked how when a new character was introduced, he wrote about their lives before they were brought to Auschwitz. I also like how realistic Hurde made Dita’s character, and brought her to life. Even though she is only 12 years old, her character is very brave and mature because of what she went through. I also think that this book is well sequenced. Hurde brings out the character Hirisch in the beginning, and gives us some detail on what his character has been through and what he’s also like, before introducing all the characters and the story line.
Hurde also shares information on the circumstances that one had to live under in Auschwitz, going into detail about the school the characters attended; what children were and were not allowed to learn in school and how schools were not allowed to have books. Hurde also shared other examples of the harsh conditions Jewish people faced. For example, they would need to share rooms and beds with others, and often would not have enough to eat, facing starvation.
In all, I like Hurde’s creativity in writing this book, yet he used a lot of information about the people of Auschwitz during the war, and expresses the sad and true reality of what their lives were like.
People who like books about the history of the victims of the Holocaust or on concentration camps during that time, or, who are just curious and want to learn more, will appreciate The Librarian of Auschwitz. It is a good read that gives a lot of insight to those times and events.