Antonina had a way with animals. She identified with them and understood how their instincts worked. So who better to live in a large urban zoo and help her husband manage it than this unassuming, young Polish mother?
In early September 1939 the routine of daily life in Warsaw was horribly and quickly destroyed by the German war machine. Much of the city was physically ruined, and the zoo and its many inhabitants and employees were caught in the horror of war. Many of the zoo's buildings, shelters, cages and habitats were destroyed or badly damaged. Most of the vast collection of exotic ani