Number the Stars | Study Guide

Lois Lowry

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Henrik, Chapter 16 hat’s all that brave means ... Just thinking about what you must do, and doing it. Sources: BBC,, Time, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Copyright © 2017 Course Hero, Inc. Swastika Emblem of the Nazi party; stands for hatred of Jews Handkerchief Represents Annemarie’s bravery and the success of the resistance Star of David Symbolizes the Jewish faith and community Symbols Annemarie’s courageous uncle; uses his boat to ferry Jews to Sweden Uncle Henrik Annemarie’s parents and a source of hope and strength; protective of Ellen Mr. & Mrs. Johansen Serious, young Jewish-Danish girl; smuggled to Sweden to be reunited with her parents Ellen Rosen Smart, thoughtful, young Danish girl; helps rescue her best friend Ellen from the Nazis Annemarie Johansen Main Characters Lowry is an American author of children’s fiction best known for the Newbery Medal–winning books Number the Stars and The Giver. Lowry was inspired to write about the Nazi occupation of Denmark by her friend Annelise Platt, who lived in Denmark during World War II and had experiences similar to Annemarie’s. LOIS LOWRYBORN 1937 Author 7,000 Jews were smuggled to safety in Sweden on Danish fishing boats. Rescue of Danish Jews The Nazis occupied Denmark in 1940, and the resistance grew violent by 1943. German Occupation of Denmark The Nazis systematically murdered six million Jews during WWII. Shoah/Holocaust Some 7,000 Jews are living in Denmark when Nazi forces invade during World War II. The Danish people mount a resistance and smuggle Jewish Danes to safety in Sweden. Among the Danes who stand up to the Nazis is 10-year-old Annemarie, who risks her life to save her Jewish friend Ellen. Heroism & Bravery in a Dark Time CONTEXT English Original Language 1989 Year Published Lois Lowry Author Number the Stars Historical Fiction Children’s Literature

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