The Zookeeper’s Wife : An unforgettable true story, now a major film
by Diane Ackerman
Editor: Headline Publishing Group
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Today a film, starring Jessica Chastain and Daniel Bruhl, based on a remarkable true story of remarkable bravery and the sanctuary during World War II – outdoors in spring 2017When Germany invades Poland, Luftwaffe bombers destroy Warsaw and city zoo with itWith most of their animals killed or stolen far away in Berlin, Jan and Antonina Zabinski begin to smuggle Jews into empty cages.As the war grows, Jan becomes more and more involved in the anti-Nazi resistance.Ammunition is buried in the elephant enclosure and explosives stored in the veterinary hospital.Plans are being prepared for what will become the Warsaw uprisingThrough the ever-present fear of discovery, Antonina must float her unusual household, take care of two of her human and animal inhabitants – otter, badger, hyena puppies, lynx – that Europe collapses around them.Written with the narrative unity and emotional punch of a novel, The Zookeeper’s wife is a remarkable true story.It shows us the human and personal impact of war – of life in the Warsaw Ghetto, of the battles of the anti-Nazi resistance.But more than anything else, it is a story of modesty and sacrifice triumphing over terror and oppression.Jan and Antonina saved more than 300 people since the Holocaust death campsHe has already been acclaimed by Jonathan Safran Foer:”I can’t imagine a better story or storyteller.Woman of the guardian will touch every nerve you have”
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