I cannot put this book down! I found it on discount trawling a local store with a friend, read a bit, then had a month or two when I could barely sit down let alone read. I picked it up again earlier this week to read on break at work and *zooom* I’m about half through it.
The full title is The Fantastic Laboratory of Dr. Weigl: How Two Brave Scientists Battled Typhus and Sabotaged the Nazis. That’s pretty much the reason I bought it. The author, Arthur Allen, introduces his reader to the vivid personalities of intra-war Lviv, Poland and deftly recreates the imperiled life of the residents before the horrors of WWII.
Please, please pick this up if you can – buy or borrow. The general ideas aren’t new to me, but I’m enriched knowing more names and details of the people who resisted and survived.
Take a listen at the NPR interview with Allen here.