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A Delayed Life

The True Story of the Librarian of Auschwitz

Dita Kraus

Square Fish

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ISBN10: 1250821274
ISBN13: 9781250821270

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352 Pages



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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.


Praise for A Delayed Life

"In A Delayed Life, author Dita Kraus describes, in a remarkably matter-of-fact tone, her dramatic transition from a happy childhood in pre-war Prague to utter misery in the Nazi camps, followed by liberation and loss, then oppression in Communist Czechoslovakia, to back-breaking work in an early Israeli kibbutz."—The Jewish Chronicle

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About the author

Dita Kraus

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.

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