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The Zookeeper's Wife: A War Story Chapter 32

By Diane Ackerman

Chapter 32

  • In the fall, Fox Man is ordered to leave the zoo and take his fur farm to Germany.
  • Afraid to stay in the villa as bombs are falling, Antonina and Ryś hide in his truck, and he smuggles them to a nearby village.
  • There, Antonina and Ryś live in an abandoned schoolhouse. The local teacher, Mrs. Kokot, helps them with food and hot water.
  • Breakfast: bread and butter. Lunch: bread and butter. Dinner: bread and butter.
  • Hey, it's still better than Arby's.
  • While eating her bread and butter, Antonia frets about whether Jan is still alive or not. We're told he is, miraculously.
  • Even though he was shot through the neck, Jan is alive in a POW camp.