By Lois Lowry
As the German troops start their crusade to "relocate" the entire Jews of Denmark, Annemarie Johansen’s kin takes in Annemarie’s ally, Ellen Rosen, and conceals her as a part of the family.
Through the eyes of ten-year-old Annemarie, we watch because the Danish Resistance smuggles nearly the total Jewish inhabitants of Denmark, approximately seven thousand humans, around the sea to Sweden. The heroism of a whole state reminds us that there has been satisfaction and human decency on this planet even in the course of a time of terror and war.
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Those 3 uniformed males have been assorted from those in the street corners. the road infantrymen have been usually younger, occasionally ailing comfortable, and Annemarie remembered how the Giraffe had, for a second, enable his harsh pose slip and had smiled at Kirsti. yet those males have been older and their faces have been set with anger. Her mom and dad have been status beside one another, their faces demanding, yet Kirsti was once nowhere in sight. Thank goodness that Kirsti slept via nearly every little thing. in the event that they had awakened her, she will be wailing—or worse, she will be indignant, and her fists might fly. "Your names? " the officer barked. "Annemarie Johansen. And this is often my sister—" "Quiet! allow her communicate for herself. Your identify? " He was once obtrusive at Ellen. Ellen swallowed. "Lise," she stated, and cleared her throat. "Lise Johansen. " The officer stared at them grimly. "Now," Mama stated in a robust voice, "you have visible that we're not hiding whatever. could my young ones return to mattress? " The officer overlooked her. abruptly he grabbed a handful of Ellen's hair. Ellen winced. He laughed scornfully. "You have a blond baby sound asleep within the different room. and you've got this blond daughter—" He gestured towards Annemarie along with his head. "Where did you get the dark-haired one? " He twisted the lock of Ellen's hair. "From a special father? From the milkman? Papa improved. "Don't converse to my spouse in this type of manner. enable pass of my daughter or i'm going to document you for such therapy. " "Or perhaps you were given her elsewhere? " the officer persisted with a sneer. "From the Rosens? " For a second nobody spoke. Then Annemarie, gazing in panic, observed her father circulate rapidly to the small bookcase and take out a e-book. She observed that he was once preserving the family members picture album. in a short time he searched via its pages, discovered what he was once trying to find, and tore out 3 photos from 3 separate pages. He passed them to the German officer, who published Ellen's hair. "You will see each one of my daughters, each one along with her identify written at the photograph," Papa stated. Annemarie knew immediately which images he had selected. The album had many snapshots—all the poorly concentrated photos of faculty occasions and birthday events. however it additionally contained a portrait, taken via a photographer, of every lady as a tiny baby. Mama had written, in her tender handwriting, the identify of every child daughter around the backside of these photogrpahs. She discovered too, with an icy feeling, why Papa had torn them from the booklet. on the backside of every web page, lower than the photo itself, used to be written the date. And the true Lise Johansen have been born twenty-one years past. "Kirsten Elisabeth," the officer learn, taking a look at Kirsti's child photograph. He allow the photo fall to the ground. "Annemarie," he learn subsequent, glanced at her, and dropped the second one picture. "Lise Margrete," he learn ultimately, and stared at Ellen for an extended, unwavering second. In her brain, Annemarie pictured the picture that he held: the child, wide-eyed, propped opposed to a pillow, her tiny hand maintaining a silver teething ring, her naked toes seen under the hem of an embroidered costume.