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Antonina Żabińska (pictured right) and her on-screen alter-ego Jessica Chastain.  Still from the movie The Zookeeper's Wife directed by Niki Caro, 2016. Pictured: Jessica Chastain, photo: United International Pictures Sp z o.o., Antonina Żabińska, 1930', Warszawa. photo: Jerzy Dudek / Forum

Hollywood has a prolific history of spicing up every story they use as the basis for a film script. The Zookeeper’s Wife is hardly an exception, so if you are dying to know which parts of this extraordinary drama are real, Culture.pl has done the fact-checking for you!

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Maus, Art Spiegelman’s most famous graphic novel has in many ways changed the way Holocaust is represented in popular culture. But as it turns out, Spiegelman may have had an unexpected precursor, a one working from the very heart of the Holocaust which Spiegelman tried to depict.

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Kazimierz Moczarski, a Home Army hero, and Jürgen Stroop, an SS General and the liquidator of the Warsaw Ghetto, shared a cell in Warsaw's Mokotów prison for nearly nine months in 1949, waiting on the death row. The Stalinist regime treated them with equal degree of malice.

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Emanuel Ringelblum, photo: courtesy of Jewish Historical Institute

Emanuel Ringelblum – historian, pedagogue and social activist, the initiator of the Underground Archives of the Warsaw Ghetto (also known as Ringelblum Archives). He was born on 21rst November 1900 in Buczacz, in Eastern Galicia, he died in Warsaw on 7th March 1944.

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The search for a mysterious girl photographed in the ruins of the Warsaw Ghetto almost 70 years ago has yielded no results so far. She would be in her eighties right now, and could be anywhere in the world.

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Jolanta Dylewska, photo courtesy of Lasyk/Reporter

Cinematographer, director, pedagogue, and documentary film screenwriter. Born on 9th March, 1958 in Wrocław.

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Okładka (nid 7002228)

Janicka and Wilczyk recapture and remap the lost spaces of Jewish Warsaw and revive its memory in the fabric of today's urban metropolis.

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Władysław Szlengel – poet, journalist, stage actor. Born in 1914 in Warsaw. Polish-writing author, called the "chronicler of the sinking", died during the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising.

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Famous and cherished before the war, they sang, wrote, composed and painted. When they found themselves imprisoned in the ghetto, they never stopped being artists.

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Maria Ajzensztadt, photo: courtesy of Jewish Historical Institute in Warsaw

Maria Ajzensztadt, also known as Miriam Eisenstadt, was a lyrical soprano born in 1921, daughter of the renown conductor Dawid Eisenstadt. An artist at the venues Femina and Sztuka in the Warsaw ghetto, she was a very popular performer called "the nightingale of the ghetto" who was shot to death in Umschlagplatz in August 1942.

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Icchak Katzenelson (1886-1944), poet, teacher, author of plays writing in both Yiddish and Hebrew, author of the famous poem Song of the Murdered Jewish People, perished in Auschwitz in May 1944.

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Following the creeping rootstocks submerged in this tellingly parodoxical phenomenon of architecture, the author takes us to places and times distant from the unthinkable horror of the Second World War

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Okładka (nid 6488910)

These raw, startling images represent the struggles of everyday people within the harrowing conditions of the Warsaw Ghetto, represented by such drawings as Funeral Fund, portraying a public collection of funds on behalf of a young boy found dead in the street to pay for his funeral.Other images show children apprehended by police for stealing food and the sick being transported by civilians to hospitals.

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The new paperback edition of the famous war memoir by Jan Karski reads like the screenplay to a war movie. The book was published shortly before Karski was posthumously awarded the Medal of Freedom from President Barack Obama.

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This so-called guide-book takes the reader through the streets of the Warsaw Ghetto, exploring its history while taking a critical stance towards the most pervasive ideological patterns and clashes in Polish culture

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This guidebook is built up of innumerable records, testimonies, and documents. On their basis the authors reconstruct the ghetto's topography, and the atmosphere and realities of those places and times...

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Polish painter of Jewish origin, born in 1885, perished in the Warsaw Ghetto in 1942; lived and worked in Paris from 1922, representative of the New Classicist movement of the 1920s and 30s.

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