Tunnel To Freedom In Gerta's A Night Divided

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When the Berlin Wall went up, Gerta, her mother, and her brother Fritz are trapped. They realize that her and her family get divided overnight.They are trapped on the eastern side where they were living. While her father, and her other brother Dominic are in the West. Four years later, now twelve, Gerta sees her father on a viewing platform on the western side. She realizes he wants her to risk her life trying to tunnel to freedom. The book “A Night Divided”begins with a normal family living in East Berlin. One night the father decides they should move to the West because of a bad feeling he’s having about East Germany’s government. The mother doesn’t want to go, as she thinks it’s unnecessary to leave their lives in East Berlin because of…show more content…
After this Fritz and Gertas mother comes home and finds out her children are risking their lives and digging and she’s really mad! (For a good reason because they could be killed at any moment!) But after some convincing, even though she’s not happy about it, she agrees to let them keep digging and she even helps too! On their second last day of digging they hear knocking, faint voices and footsteps coming from the other side of the wall. Fearing the worst, they think it’s soviets who have discovered them and are planning to surprise them when their tunnels meet. Until they hear a voice familiar voice, their father’s voice. Turns out he didn’t want them to dig, he just wanted them to know he was digging and for them to be ready to leave when he came. After a short visit in which they reunite, Gerta and her mother go home to “Please the microphones” (The soviets use these to listen in on family’s and make sure there’s no plan for escape) while the men keep digging. When Gerta and her mother arrive home they are greeted by soviets who want to know where Fritz is, as he was supposed to check into the army (By force) that

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