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The Zookeeper's Wife

In The Zookeeper's Wife, the zoo is both a hiding place for those escaping persecution during the Holocaust and a symbol used to communicate various ideas throughout the story. In a sense, the zoo...

Latest answer posted December 6, 2016, 1:28 am (UTC)

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By presenting the actions that a few individuals took during a prolonged period of military conflict, Diane Ackerman encourages the reader to reflect on questions of conscience and courage. One...

Latest answer posted August 28, 2019, 10:33 pm (UTC)

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Diane Ackerman wrote The Zookeeper's Wife based on the real-life memoirs and interviews of Jan and Antonina Zabinski, who used their zoo to help rescue Polish Jews in Warsaw during World War II. An...

Latest answer posted June 14, 2015, 3:21 am (UTC)

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In writing a nonfiction book, the underlying theme of which is the deliberate extermination of an entire people by the most technologically-sophisticated nation on Earth, there is a tendency among...

Latest answer posted May 12, 2016, 2:56 am (UTC)

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The most obvious difference between the telling of a naturalist and an historian is that an historian would not have the specialized knowledge that might link Żabiński's actions on the behalf of...

Latest answer posted September 16, 2013, 9:49 pm (UTC)

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In The Zookeeper's Wife, Ackerman gives a description of the Jewish community of Warsaw in the pre-war period as one in which there is a degree of assimilation, but also a continued separateness...

Latest answer posted December 29, 2019, 5:06 am (UTC)

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Diane Ackerman's 2007 book, The Zookeeper's Wife, is a nonfiction account of a Polish couple, Jan and Antonina Zabinski, who work as zookeepers and, during the German occupation of Warsaw in World...

Latest answer posted March 7, 2020, 2:05 am (UTC)

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The Zookeeper's Wife by Diane Ackerman takes place during World War II in Poland. The zoo, along with many other structures in the city of Warsaw, is repeatedly bombed and many of the animals are...

Latest answer posted December 2, 2015, 9:38 pm (UTC)

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Even before the war, Antonia has long been an individualist. For example, she communes with animals, and she is willing to take care of them in ways that others might find difficult. She midwifes...

Latest answer posted July 31, 2017, 4:31 pm (UTC)

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One of the themes that most saliently represent the horrors that Antonia and Elie experience under the Nazi rule is the loss of the natural innocence of childhood. While this is a prevailing topic...

Latest answer posted March 25, 2013, 5:46 pm (UTC)

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This is a good question. The title of a book is one of the most important decisions that an author has to make. It needs to both convey what the book is about and catch the reader's eye. Diane...

Latest answer posted March 7, 2020, 6:02 pm (UTC)

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I think that Diane Ackeman focuses on Antonina because she is the most interesting character. Making her the center of the book also supports a number of the themes that Ackerman is dealing with....

Latest answer posted March 7, 2020, 7:54 pm (UTC)

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