Reading Log #3 In My Hands: Memories of a Holocaust Rescuer by Jennifer Armstrong Plot Pages (180-263) Irene was risking her life every single day by hiding her friends in the major’s house. Anyone who helped the Jews was a capital crime and would be punished with death. Having Jews hidden in the house was not easy for Irene, but the major demonstrated affection for Irene and followed whatever she said, which made her glad. Later on, Irene met a man named Zygmunt Pasiewski and they created a strong friendship, which made her introduce him as her cousin to the major. While Irene believed luck was with her, she was caught talking to two Jewish women in his kitchen.
You truly don’t know what you have until it’s gone. Everyday things are taken for granted. In “The Book Thief” It shows incredible examples of how loss transforms you for the better. “The Book Thief” Written by Markus Zusak is a novel based on Nazi-Germany during post World War 2. It Features the scary truth along with harsh humor, The story is told through the eyes of brave, Jewish girl named Liesel.
Stand Up Throughout Europe, during World War II, fear abided in many people causing closed mouths and the idea of individuality and absurdity. Opinions were kept silent and the dictatorship in Germany persevered and became prosperous. Though many people were hushed by the fear of what could happen, few did stand out for their beliefs. Although many people did not voice their opinions, people like Raoul Wallenberg and Irena Sendler bravely hid and saved many Jewish people. Similar to Hans in The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak, he too helped harbor a Jewish man named Max in their basement.
Words were present throughout that time in history, and have left an opaque imprint of a scar that will remain for the rest of everyone’s lives, but they have also been the source of kindness and thankfulness that helped some people succeed despite the treachery. In this novel, Liesel is able to use the opposing qualities of words to her advantage and learn the truth of the world. She is initially unable to comprehend the true meaning of words, but at the end of the novel, she fully understands the true significance of words and their impacts. Therefore, the paradox of being ugly and beautiful simultaneously can be applied to Liesel Meminger and her divergent
It is revealed that as soon as he had an affair with Abigail, he confessed to Elizabeth the next day because of the guilt he was carrying around. Also in Act 4, he was highly conflicted over whether or not to confess to working with the devil to escape death. In the end, he decided lying was a sin he did not want to commit and chose to die a honest man rather than survive as a deceptive man. So in the end it is clear to see that John Proctor still is a good man despite his short-lived affair with Abigail. He was an honest, good-hearted man who wished for nothing more than to live a good life with his wife and children.
With the struggle over one’s sanity during the events of the Holocaust, it causes people to lose sight in their morals thus dehumanizing them and turning them into animals who only care their own survival. Throughout the course of the memoir, Wiesel’s once positive personality deteriorates and transitions into a silent man who turns to his own selfish needs due to the mistreatment and horrors of the camp. Elie’s only goal was to keep his father guarded in the beginning of the memoir saying “I had one thought- not to lose him. Not to be left alone” after being thrown into the first concentration camp, showing his sense of morality meant being with his family to ensure their safety (Wiesel 27). This quote shows
This was wh it was common to lose one’s self and descen into madness at Auschwitz, it was an escape from the reality and torture of the truth of their situation and fate. By being there for each other, Elie Wiesel and his dad can face their lives without drowning in it 's hopelessness. Both father and son have reason to give up and die, but the existence of the their love for each other provides enough reason to persevere. Broken from dehumanization and fueled by self preservation, Elie Wiesel is forced to give up his love for his father in trade for his survival. “He continued to call me… I didn’t move” (111) Elie is giving his rations to Shlomo as well as taking care to stay alive, but he is eventually forced to make a choice by starvation and his father’s illness.
Elie Wiesel’s true story Night, is an intriguing story about the Holocaust. The guards and even veteran prisoners are cruel to others. The punishments, even for tiny faults, are unthinkably horrid. Man does not care how old or weak someone is; this makes the children and teens change and act inhumane towards other prisoners, even towards their own family. It clearly, and painfully, explains man’s inhumanity to man.
Hurst suggests that expectations are also a form of egotism that can lead to resentment; hence coming into conflict with one’s identity, such as alteration and remorse. Doodle’s desire was to be loved and supported by his family. He was invalid - he could not walk; thus everyone had low expectations towards him and thought he would die except for Aunt Nicey. His brother (the narrator) tried to kill him as he saw him an unbearable disappointment and his father had built him a mahogany coffin. For instance, “It was I who renamed him [...] Crawling backwards made him look like a Doodlebug, […] because nobody expects much from someone called Doodle.” Society’s attentiveness is predominantly towards the aspects of and in this story Doodle’s impairment seemed to have negative impacts on him that the society has caused.
: This passage is significant to the novel because it reminds the reader that no matter how much pain and suffering Liesel feels, she lives in a safer “world” than characters like Max. But death migrates from Liesel’s pain and travels to Max’s. Max has lost his entire family and faces persecution, but his true pain lies within him. He left his family to die; he is risking another family’s life, and is constantly belittled for being Jewish. This is why this quote is important, it shows the reader not only the physical, but mental pain that the citizens of Germany
Since the book is about the life of Elie in a Nazi concentration camp, the circumstances were harsh and took a toll on multiple father-son relationships. You can see this with Elies reaction to his father 's death, Elie 's relationship with his father throughout the story, and other sons reactions to their fathers bad state of health. Elie’s dad dying did not have a huge toll on him. The quote, “Free at last,” (pg 112) shows that he was happy he did not have to care for his dad anymore. Furthermore, Elie also said, “I no longer thought of my dad.” (pg 113) This quote shows that the circumstances were so bad in the concentration camp that he thought of food more than his father.
Which character is most affected by war, and how? “No matter how many times she was told she was loved, there was no recognition that the proof was in the abandonment.” (32) The Book Thief by Markus Zusak discusses mainly the power of words, and war in Nazi Germany and how a girl grows up in pain, love, and misery through that period of her life. To begin with, Paula, Liesel’s mother gave her and her brother Werner to foster parents, Liesel’s parents were communists so they took her father away, hence, even though she didn’t know why, her mother had to give them over to Rosa and Hans Hubermann, but just before getting there, death took Werner away. And maybe that’s when pain begins for Liesel, as much as readers know. Liesel has been, since her arrival to the Hubermanns’, haunted by sleepless nights, nightmares, grief, etc.
Throughout the novel, the Jews’ emotions progressed from a state of denial during much of the beginning, in which accepting their obvious fate was not an option, to thorough apathy towards their melancholic, dismal lives. Beginning at the origin of the novel, the Jewish population of Sighet recognized the threat of the Nazi occupation, yet they refused to believe that the Nazis would ever advance deep into Hungary. One such instance develops after Moishe the Beadle, a local pauper who survived a mass execution, returns and begs the Jews to listen to his story. However, his audience “insinuated that he only wanted their pity, that he was
The Book Thief, written by Markus Zusak, is about Liesel Meminger, a young girl from Germany who faces the inevitable pains of growing up in a time of war, Holocaust and Nazism. The story is told in the first-person point. It is a view of Death as he narrates. “The Book Thief” has a great deal of tragedy in it but it also is a celebration of life. In fact, it’s full of opposites.