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The Zookeeper's Wife: A War Story Chapter 6

By Diane Ackerman

Chapter 6

  • Nazi bombers bomb Warsaw, including the zoo.
  • Antonina appears to be back there, trying to rescue animals.
  • Some animals survive, but Antonina can't find Ryś's pet badger, Badger.
  • Soon, Warsaw surrenders. Good thing Badger got out while he still could.
  • One night, Jan arrives at Antonina's little apartment. His arrival is unexpected.
  • Jan had bumped into a German officer, who turned out to be Dr. Müller, a fellow member of the International Association of Zoo Directors.
  • Müller helped Jan escape by "arresting" him and bringing him to Warsaw as a prisoner, then releasing him.
  • Antonina and Jan go back to the zoo to find wounded animals; then they return to the apartment.
  • After Warsaw officially surrenders and Germans take over, Antonina and Jan return to the zoo for good.
  • However, a Polish Resistance is forming, and Jan is interested in being a part of it.