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Number the Stars by Lois Lowry was written in 1943 in Nazi-occupied Copenhagen, Denmark. The Nazis are surrounding up the Jews in the city for the stated purpose of relocation. However, this could mean only a near-certain death. The Danish Resistance, active in Copenhagen, is seeking ways to fight against the Nazis. This is the story of how ten-year-old Annemarie Johansen and her family, members of the resistance, set out to help Ellen Rosen, Annemarie’s best friend and a Jew, to escape the Nazis and find safety and freedom.
To avoid Ellen’s capture by the Nazis, Annemarie’s family takes her into their home. When soldiers visit their house they claim that Ellen is their daughter, named Lise. Their real daughter Lise had been killed 3 years earlier, hit by a German car. The soldiers, looking for the Rosens, are uncertain of the claim but they leave Ellen with the Johansens.
The next day Annemarie and her family transport Ellen across the country to an uncle’s home on the coast. Here Ellen is reunited with her parents. The uncle is a fisherman and he is using his boat to secretly transport Jews to Sweden. That night Mrs. Johansen leads the Rosens to the waterfront and the uncle’s boat. The Rosens reach the boat safely and eventually set sail but not without difficulties including a broken leg of Mrs. Johansen and a run-in with Nazi dogs.
Thus, the reader can see that Jews and non-Jews…