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The Zookeeper’s Wife

The Zookeeper’s Wife

Thursday 27.04.17   -  Friday 30.06.17 


"The Zookeeper's Wife", a new film by Niki Caro, tells the story of keepers of Warsaw Zoo, Antonina and Jan Żabiński, who helped save hundreds of Jews during the German invasion of Poland.

In 1929, Jan Żabiński was appointed director of the Warsaw Zoo and his closest associate became his wife Antonina. The outbreak of World War II forced Jan Żabiński a series of dramatic decisions. The Żabinski people remained in the dilapidated villa. Although the German military tropps were close to the ZOO. For many Jews the Żabińskis house became a refuge, a place where they were not denied assistance. In abandoned cages and pavilions, people were hidden.

The Yad Vashem Institute in Israel granted Antonin and Jan Żabiński the title of Righteous Among the Nations on October 7, 1965.

More about the history of the family and the people they saved, you can find at:



Willa_abiskichWilla Żabiński survived to our times and it is now open to the public. The Villa under the Crazy Star can be visited only with a guide, every day except Saturdays. Sightseeing hours are 11am, 1pm and 3pm on Sundays, and on weekdays. 4pm. During the tour you can learn not only the history of the Żabińskis, but also the cellars in which the Jews were hiding during the war.


fot. Jakub Bauke


A book, by Antonina Żabińska, titled in Hebrew ”The Garden of Life”, was published in 2011


The film will be Released in Israel from April 27th!