The Zookeeper’s Wife

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“People always want to run when they don’t know what’s coming. It’s their first instinct, always to run”- Antonina Zabinska. Life was simple for Antonina, Jan, and their son, they owned a zoo, lived in a nice place, life was good. That was until German Soldiers bombed Warsaw. Antonina and Jan lost a lot that day, their zoo, their animals, and most importantly their peace. 1939, Warsaw, owners of the Warsaw Zoo, Antonina and Jan Zabinski stand up against Nazism after German Soldiers invade Poland.

Antonina and Jan never had second thoughts about helping Jews. In fact, some of the people living down in the zoo were their friends. At night when no one was around, Antonina would play her piano signaling that they could come out of hiding. During the day, it meant they needed to hide because someone was there. Antonina had always stayed at home to keep a watch out for the Germans, who were there frequently. Antonina takes on the same rule as before, expect this time it is people instead of animals. She feeds them, shelters them, makes sure they are safe. Meanwhile her husband Jan sneaks Jews out of the ghettos by distracting the guards. Towards the end of the war Jan has to go out and fight against the Nazis as part of the Polish resistance. During this time he is shot and captured by the Germans. When this news gets back to Antonina she is desperate to find out if what she heard is true. She is determined to seduce Lutz into telling her what happened to her husband at war. But her plan fails when Lutz finds out that she is hiding jews in the zoo. Antonina goes back to the zoo and only gets the Jews out seconds before Lutz gets there. After finding nothing in the zoo, Lutz put a gun to Antonina’s son head, threatening to kill him. But Lutz doesn’t shot the son because he loves Antonina.

Understanding the Notes


I really enjoyed how you had a story and explanation for every topic. I feel like most teachers now a days just do the bare minimum. Lectures have gotten a bad reputation over the years, but that’s only because the lame and boring teachers put you to sleep. Honestly I really enjoy going over notes in class. Explaining the notes and adding stories to it helps me understand the subject and terms. Like poetry, I have always struggled with it. That’s because no teacher has ever took the time to break it down and me understand it, then they blame it on me and say i’m not trying. Therefore I never understood nor liked poetry. Its not the poetry itself, but the story behind it. I liked hearing William Shakespeare’s plays explained to me. If it wasn’t for the way he wrote, I would read his plays and poems more often. Romeo and Juliet is one of the these only play by William Shakespeare that I can understand. The main reason is because I had a good teacher that actually broke it down and helped me.

In past years, 3 different teachers have taught these same subjects. They never really went deeper than the surface. So practically all of this is new to me. In all of my years of school, I have never read a Supernatural vs. Supernatural book. All of the books they have us read in school end up the same way. Most teachers cover books about Man, Nature, Self, Society. In my opinion Of Mice and Men is a pretty good book. John Steinbeck makes the elements of the story clear throughout the book.