Study Guide

The Zookeeper's Wife: A War Story Chapter 13

By Diane Ackerman

Chapter 13

  • Jan feels "a moral indebtedness to the Jews" (13.2) because he went to a school that was primarily Jewish.
  • To repay this debt, Jan secretly uses the zoo to hide refugees.
  • Working as part of the Underground, Jan assumes the code name "Francis," after Francis of Assisi, "patron saint of animals" (13.7).
  • We'd have gone with "Koala," after the cutest of all the animals, but whatever works.