Study Guide

The Zookeeper's Wife: A War Story Characters

By Diane Ackerman

Antonina Żabińska

If we were Antonina Żabińska—girl's name is totally pronounced ahn-toh-NEE-na...

Jan Żabiński

Jan Żabiński—that's pronounced Yahn, folks—is the Zookeeper in the title,...

Ryszard "Ryś" Żabiński

Have you ever watched a Winnie-the-Pooh cartoon and wondered where all the other humans are? Why...

Magdalena Gross

Magdalena Gross is a famous artist who sculpts animals. You wouldn't think that would make her a...

Fox Man

National Lampoon's Animal House is a confusing title, because it's not about animals or a zoo at...

Maurycy Pawel Fraenkel

Maurycy Pawel Fraenkel is someone for whom "the unbearable weight of ghetto life had physically...

Lutz Heck

If Lutz Heck weren't a Nazi, he'd probably be a nice, loyal guy. But any person about whom you...

Dr. Szymon Tenenbaum

Dr. Szymon Tenenbaum—pronounced "SHEE-mon"—is like Santa Claus: he's an important...

Minor Characters

A few other people help the Żabińskis along the way. Most of their allies are the usual...