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A Delayed Life Reviews

A Delayed Life by Dita Kraus

A Delayed Life

The true story of the Librarian of Auschwitz

Dita Kraus

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1 review

Imprint: Ebury Press
Publisher: Ebury Publishing
Publication date: 4 Feb 2020
ISBN: 9781529106053

From her earliest memories and childhood friendships in Prague before the war, to the Nazi-occupation that saw her and her family sent to the Jewish ghetto at Terezin, to the unimaginable fear and bravery of her imprisonment in Auschwitz and Bergen-Belsen, and life after liberation.

4 stars out of 5
John Carey
2 Feb 2020

" Her resilience makes A Delayed Life an inspiriting book, despite its horrors"

In Dita’s own memoir, A Delayed Life, there is no mention of these remarkable illustrations of literature’s power. They seem to have issued from Iturbe’s imagination, and Dita’s honest, artless prose makes his fiction seem glib and fanciful. You find yourself resenting the way he has intruded into her thoughts and questioning his account at every turn. Did the eight books he lists really exist? Dita herself remembers only the Wells and the atlas. Fellow survivors think there may have been a Russian grammar and a book by Karel Capek. Iturbe’s other titles, including Dita’s alleged favourites, The Good Soldier Svejk and The Magic Mountain, are never mentioned in her account.

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