I just finished reading The Zookeeper’s Wife by Diane Ackerman. It was an amazing read! Ackerman tells the true story of a Polish zookeeper (Jan) and his wife (Antonina) who owned a zoo in Warsaw when the Nazis invaded Poland. The couple risked their lives multiple times and helped hundreds of people escape to safer locations.
What I loved was that Ackerman has been able to base the book on Antonina’s and other people’s personal diaries which they’d kept during the occupation. It’s one thing to watch a documentary about that time period but quite another to read actual personal accounts. It felt like getting some personal insight into how daily life was not just a report of dates and numbers. The book is full of inspirational real characters and I personally found it very informative as well. I highly recommend if you’re looking for a good book 🙂
Here’s a link to a book review by the New York Times