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Author Reveals Story of Courage at WWII-era Warsaw Zoo

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Aired 4/19/09

Maureen Cavanaugh : We never really know how we would act in a dangerous and life-threatening situation until we're in one. We never really know if we would "do the right thing" or just do what it takes to save ourselves. That's what makes Diane Ackerman's story of "The Zookeeper's Wife" more than just a riveting true story from World War Two and turns it into a personal question for all of us. What would I do?

The story follows Jan Zabinski, the keeper of the Warsaw Zoo, and his wife Antonina, from their peaceful lives tending animals in the 1930s to aiding the escape of Jews fleeing Poland during the Nazi occupation.

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