A Delayed Life: The True Story of the Librarian of Auschwitz

A Delayed Life: The True Story of the Librarian of Auschwitz

by Dita Kraus

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Overview

A Delayed Life is the breathtaking memoir that tells the story of Dita Kraus, the real-life Librarian of Auschwitz.

Dita Kraus grew up in Prague in an intellectual, middle-class Jewish family. She went to school, played with her friends, and never thought of herself as being different—until the advent of the Holocaust. Torn from her home, Dita was sent to Auschwitz with her family.

From her time in the children’s block of Auschwitz to her liberation from the camps and on into her adulthood, Dita’s powerful memoir sheds light on an incredible life—one that is delayed no longer.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781250760890
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Publication date: 02/11/2020
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 223,304
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.30(d)
Lexile: HL960L (what's this?)

About the Author

Dita Kraus is a Holocaust survivor and the real-life Librarian of Auschwitz. As a young girl, she was entrusted with books that Auschwitz prisoners had managed to smuggle into the camp, as recounted in her memoir A Delayed Life. Dita now lives in Israel, where she paints flowers and enjoys the company of her son, her four grandchildren, and her four great-grandchildren.

Table of Contents

Introductions Why Did I Call It a Delayed Life? vii

Part I 1929-1942

1 Childhood 3

2 Anita 17

3 Gerta 20

4 Grandfather 40

5 The Operation 45

6 Zd'ar 50

7 Maturing 58

8 Ludvík and Manya 60

9 Fear 63

Part II 1942-1945

The War years

10 Terezín 82

11 Auschwitz-Birkenau, Camp BIIb 92

12 Latrine 97

13 Life in the Camp 99

14 Hamburg 110

15 Air Raids 117

16 My Italian Boyfriend 121

17 Neugraben 125

18 Tiefstack 130

19 Bergen-Belsen, Close to Starvation 135

20 Liberation 144

21 Bubi 149

22 After the Liberation 154

23 Grave 164

24 Return to Prague 167

Part III 1945-21st Century

25 First Weeks in Prague 172

26 Meeting Otto 180

27 Mausi 183

28 Teplice 185

29 The Wedding 191

30 The Kraus Factory 199

31 A New Political Reality 207

32 Journey to Israel 218

33 In the Village 227

34 Givat Chaim 232

35 My Career as a Cobbler 244

36 Dining Room 260

37 A New Job for Otto 265

38 Locusts 268

39 Hadassim 273

40 Rosh Pina 279

41 About Friends 283

42 Later Years 285

43 Otto's Writings 290

44 At the Imperial Museum 292

45 Trips and Returns: Journey to Japan 295

46 A Nostalgic Journey 305

47 Peter/Shimon 309

48 Ronny 313

49 Michaela 316

50 Stolperstein 331

51 Where Do I Feel at Home? 334

52 I Need Not Delay Anymore 335

Acknowledgments 337

About the Author 339

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