Based on a true story brought back to life by Diane Ackerman. Using the diary of Antonina Zabinski, Diana is able to recreate the story of Antonina and her husband, the director of Warsaw Zoo. The Zookeeper’s Wife book released in September 2007 is being adapted for release on March 31st 2017. The first trailer (below) was released on the 17th of November. During February 2008, the book reached the 13th spot on the New York Times Best Seller non-fiction list.
The story takes place in the 1930’s the couple lived happily in their villa at the zoo. Where they also hosted a nursery and animals plus they son. But the German invaded Poland in 1939 which was the start of WWII. During that battle the zoo was obliterated, most of the animals and structures were destroyed. The Germans then took over the area but the Zabinskis still occupied the villa.
They were also active in the Polish underground resistance assisting by sheltering Jews in the villa and what remained of the zoo, even though the punishment for this was execution. Antonina was still able to create and maintain a semblance of a prewar environment for those at the zoo keeping various exotic animals within its occupancy.
“This is an absorbing book, diminished sometimes by the choppy way Ackerman balances Antonina’s account with the larger story of the Warsaw Holocaust. For me, the more interesting story is Antonina’s. She was not, as her husband once called her, “a housewife,” but the alpha female in a unique menagerie.”
Max wrote in The New York Times
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