By Kraus, Dita
The powerful, heart-breaking memoir of Dita Kraus, THE LIBRARIAN OF AUSCHWITZ Dita Kraus was born in Prague in 1929 - in her powerful new memoir she writes about her childhood before the war and then during the Nazi-occupation that saw her and her family sent to the Jewish ghetto... at Terezin and from there to Auschwitz and then Bergen-Belsen. Dita writes powerfully and unflinchingly about the harsh conditions of the camps and her role as librarian of the precious books the prisoners had managed to smuggle past the guards. She also writes about the liberation of the camps and her chance meeting with fellow survivor Otto B Kraus after the war. Part of Dita's story was told in fictional form in the Sunday Times bestseller THE LIBRARIAN OF AUSCHWITZ by Antonio Iturbe.Read more
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Dita Kraus was born in Prague. In 1942, when Dita was thirteen years old , she and her parents were deported to Ghetto Theresienstadt, later to Auschwitz, where Dita's father died. She and her mother were sent to forced labor in Germany and finally to the concentration camp of Bergen-Belsen. Dita's mother didn't survive. After the war Dita married the author Otto B. Kraus, who was a fellow prisoner at Auschwitz and a teacher in the camp. They emigrated to Israel in 1949, where they both worked as teachers They had three children. Since Otto's death in 2000, Dita lives alone in Netanya. She has four grandchildren and four great grandchildren. Despite the horrors of the concentration camps, Dita has kept her positive approach to life. She paints delicate watercolours of the colourful wildflowers that grow in Israel. Otto wrote a novel about his experiences, The Children's Block. (Originally published as The Painted Wall.)
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