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Number the Stars

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Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers

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Language:English | Number of Pages: 144 | Format: Paperback

Isbn-10: 0006736777 | Isbn-13: 9780006736776 | Publish date:  | Edition New Ed

Also available as: Mass Market Paperback , Hardcover , Audio CD , Audio Cassette , School & Library Binding , Others , eBook

Category: Children , Fiction & Literature , History

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Book Description
Ten-year-old Annemarie Johansen and her best friend Ellen Rosen often think of life before the war. It's now 1943 and their life in Copenhagen is filled with school, food shortages, and the Nazi soldiers marching through town. When the Jews of Denmark are "relocated," Ellen moves in with the Johansens and pretends to be one of the family. Soon Annemarie is asked to go on a dangerous mission to save Ellen's life.


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  • 5

    I chose to read Number The Stars because it has been over ten years since I read it in middle school. Once I started reading, I couldn't put it down until I finished. I enjoyed this book because it gives you a first hand look at how World War Two affected the lives of children, especially ...continue

    I chose to read Number The Stars because it has been over ten years since I read it in middle school. Once I started reading, I couldn't put it down until I finished. I enjoyed this book because it gives you a first hand look at how World War Two affected the lives of children, especially Jewish children. Lowry also shows you how the bonds of frienship were what kept many Jews safe during this horrible period of history.
    My only vice with this book is the length. It is such a wonderful piece of literature for young readers but I feel it is a little short. It did not take me very long to read and I found myself wishing I had not finished it so fast. It may, however, be the perfect length for younger readers.
    I remember when I was younger buying a Star of David necklace after reading this book. I wore the necklace for a long time and thought of how horrible it must have been for girls my age, such as Ellen, and how much I hated the people who treated them this way. As a young child, I remember what an impact this book had on me and it remained one of my favorites, even to this day. I would also think of my own best friend and how I would feel if the two of us were separated for reasons we could not control. No child should have ever had to experience what they did during this period.
    As I read the book, I remembered how my older sister would treat me just as Annemarie treated Kirsti. I think that most older sisters try to protect their little sisters but at the same time need their space from them while playing with their own friends. I found their relationship very familiar and understood their relationship as sisters.
    If I were teaching a middle school world history class, I would try to encourage my students to read this if I was unable to require them to read it as an assignment. Because of its length, students should be able to read it at the eight grade level. I would encourage them to understand how life was during the War for children their own age. I would hope that every student would take something away from the book as I did when I was younger.

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    故事雖然是虛構,點子卻來自於作者多年好友,她童年便是在納綷佔領下的丹麥渡過的,她從朋友口中聽過許多童年發生的真實事件,再自己查閱史料,從而產生了這個故事,因此虛構的故事中有真實人物的影子,也反映歷史。小朋友或青少年讀起故事,更容易體會和瞭解當時的世界到底發生了什麼事。


    丹麥於1940-1945遭納綷佔領,國王Christian X未做任何抵抗便投降,他知道三面環海,小國小民,沒有強大軍隊的丹麥,是敵不過有強大軍隊國家社會主義的納粹德國。但是在投降之前,為了不讓德國接收他們的海軍艦隊,他們徹夜焚燒他們的船艦,許多丹麥兒童在當時都目睹暗夜的沖天烈焰,還以為是慶典煙火。含淚投降的 ...continue

    故事雖然是虛構,點子卻來自於作者多年好友,她童年便是在納綷佔領下的丹麥渡過的,她從朋友口中聽過許多童年發生的真實事件,再自己查閱史料,從而產生了這個故事,因此虛構的故事中有真實人物的影子,也反映歷史。小朋友或青少年讀起故事,更容易體會和瞭解當時的世界到底發生了什麼事。

    丹麥於1940-1945遭納綷佔領,國王Christian X未做任何抵抗便投降,他知道三面環海,小國小民,沒有強大軍隊的丹麥,是敵不過有強大軍隊國家社會主義的納粹德國。但是在投降之前,為了不讓德國接收他們的海軍艦隊,他們徹夜焚燒他們的船艦,許多丹麥兒童在當時都目睹暗夜的沖天烈焰,還以為是慶典煙火。含淚投降的國王並沒有因為放棄抵抗而遭致人民的鄙夷,反而因為他的消極不合作主義,爭取丹麥人民在納粹統治下,將痛苦減至最低程度,而得到人民的敬重與愛戴。國王每天早上沒有衞護,自己一人騎馬經公園到皇宮,途中親切地和每一位路過民眾點頭打招呼,德國士兵不解的問一名丹麥青年,為什麼你們的國王這麼寒酸,連護衞都沒有?青年回答:全丹麥人民都是國王的護衞。

    1943年,一位德國官員透露消息給在政府機構工作的一位丹麥人,納綷即將在十月猶太新年後開始進行丹麥猶太人的”重新安置”(relocation)計劃,拉比(猶太牧師的稱呼)得到消息,利用教會禮拜時透露給猶太信徒,因此在計劃開始前,丹麥大部份的猶太人都已逃到自由瑞典,只有少數鐵齒不信邪留下來的猶太人,遭到納粹毒手,相較於歐洲其他國家,丹麥的猶太人大多能倖免於難。丹麥猶太人到現在都很感恩這位德國官員,常會在他的墳上獻花。

    丹麥漁夫會在船上建造密室,偷偷載猶太人出海逃往瑞典。納粹懷疑為什麼計劃開始後,找到的猶太人那麼少,於是開始查猶太人是怎麼逃出境的。納粹開始訓練德國狼犬搜捕漁船,看是否漁船上有藏人。於是瑞典科學家發明了一種粉末,用乾掉的兔子血,混合古柯鹼,塗抹在手帕上,由丹麥地下反抗軍發給每個丹麥漁夫,當納粹帶著狼犬上船檢查時,漁夫便把手帕拿出來揮或擦汗,狗會被手帕上血的味道吸引,進而嗅手帕,而後古柯鹼會使狗鼻子暫時失靈,而聞不到人的味道。如此,漁夫便能假借打漁之名順利將猶太人偷渡到一海之隔的瑞典。

    在納粹德國瓦解,丹麥重獲自由的那一天,家家戶戶掛上丹麥國旗,更有丹麥家庭主動打掃猶太人逃難後留下的空屋,以等待他們的猶太鄰居重返家園。

    歷史告訴我們,從張伯倫的姑息主義開始,波蘭,捷克,荷蘭,比利時,法國,納粹長驅直入,席捲整個歐洲,使人民陷入一片苦難。對於邪惡的政權,只能有一個”不”字,沒有妥協的餘地,從歐洲二次大戰中及圖博人民簽的和平協訂,我們都看到了結果,但是學到了教訓嗎?反觀台灣及台灣人民,在三通直航的一片歡呼聲中,以及團團圓圓的熊貓熱背後所包藏的禍心,我們的政府及人民看到了沒有?猶太人的苦難終究是結束了,他們也建立了自己的國家,台灣人民的苦難於焉開始嗎?

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  • 5

    人的勇敢,來自未知卻仍然去做應該做的事情。

    描述戰爭的作品有這麼多,多到已經把書中角色面對敵人的"勇氣"、"決心"當作是一種routine work,失去了感受的心,太過頻繁。

    這本書是小朋友的視野,即便是一個小女孩,在這樣的情境也是會長出肩膀,"不要知道所有的事情,我幫你知道,我幫你扛。"

    在複雜的這個現代,被很多物質迷亂的心,無法掌握自己的思緒,很混亂的心。當人,專心的面對自己的生命,就會知道什麼事情是該做的,是重要的。

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  • 4

    # THE STARS

    This book is for VIP's ONLY (Jews). It's about a girl name Ellen. She's Jewish and the Germans are looking for Jews. Can Annemarie hide her so the Germans dont find her? To find out, read the book!

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  • 4

    這是青少年適讀的小說是在講德國入侵丹麥二次世界大戰時期,丹麥人如何幫助猶太裔的丹麥人逃出國的故事。戰爭是顯現人性的最佳時機,顯現出的可能是極惡的人性,也可能是最真最美的那一面。作者用虛構的人物,加上當時真正發生過的史實,描述出一個世道渾沌下的的良善世界。很令人感動!

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