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  • Published: 6 February 2020
  • ISBN: 9781473575240
  • Imprint: Ebury Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 480

A Delayed Life

The true story of the Librarian of Auschwitz

From Dita Kraus, the subject of the Sunday Times bestselling author of THE LIBRARIAN OF AUSCHWITZ comes a powerful, heart-breaking memoir of her remarkable life.

The powerful, heart-breaking memoir of Dita Kraus, THE LIBRARIAN OF AUSCHWITZ
Dita Kraus was born in Prague in 1929 - in her powerful new memoir she writes about her childhood before the war and then during the Nazi-occupation that saw her and her family sent to the Jewish ghetto at Terezín and from there to Auschwitz and then Bergen-Belsen.

Dita writes powerfully and unflinchingly about the harsh conditions of the camps and her role as librarian of the precious books the prisoners had managed to smuggle past the guards. She also writes about the liberation of the camps and her chance meeting with fellow survivor Otto B Kraus after the war.

Part of Dita's story was told in fictional form in the Sunday Times bestseller THE LIBRARIAN OF AUSCHWITZ by Antonio Iturbe.

  • Pub date: 6 February 2020
  • ISBN: 9781473575240
  • Imprint: Ebury Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 480

About the Author

Dita Kraus

Dita Kraus was born in Prague. In 1942, when Dita was thirteen years old , she and her parents were deported to Ghetto Theresienstadt, later to Auschwitz, where Dita’s father died. She and her mother were sent to forced labor in Germany and finally to the concentration camp of Bergen-Belsen. Dita’s mother didn’t survive.

After the war Dita married the author Otto B. Kraus, who was a fellow prisoner at Auschwiz and a teacher in the camp. They emigrated to Israel in 1949, where they both worked as teachers They had three children. Since Otto’s death in 2000, Dita lives alone in Netanya. She has four grandchildren and four great grandchildren.

Despite the horrors of the concentration camps, Dita has kept her positive approach to life. She paints delicate watercolours of the colourful wildflowers that grow in Israel. Otto wrote a novel about his experiences, The Children's Block. (Originally published as The Painted Wall.)

Praise for A Delayed Life

“Knowing Dita Kraus is one of the most important things that has happened in my life”


“Her resilience makes A Delayed Life an inspiriting book, despite its horrors. It is unforgettable. A must read...”

The Sunday Times


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