DITA KRAUS, 88, at her Netanya home..
(photo credit: Courtesy)
Among the famous library collections written about in Alberto Manguel’s book The Library at Night is the one that existed at Block 31 – the Children’s Block – in Auschwitz-Birkenau. This minuscule library, consisting of about 12 books, was run from 1943 to 1944 by a 14-year-old Czechoslovakian girl named Dita Polachova. It was a job that preserved her sanity amid the inferno of Auschwitz.Today, Dita, 88, lives alone in Netanya. Conscious of the dwindling number of survivors, I brought my sister, children and two nephews to hear her story.