Daniel's Story

By Carol Matas

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"Perhaps happiness would come later." -Daniel

Ghetto

Section of a city in Europe in which all Jews are required to live and work there.

Conflict

The conflict is that Nazis are against the Jews and are trying to demolish that certain religious group. Another conflict is that Rosa and Daniel are separated in Lodz.

Yiddish

High German language with a mixture of vocabulary from Hebrew and Slavic. Spoke mostly by Jews.

"We are alive. We are human with good and bad in us. That's all we know for sure. We can't create a new world. That's been done. Now we have to live within the boundaries." -Erika

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"Why have we fought so hard to survive all these years? So we could go to our deaths in despair? We must live, and when this is all over, we must work to make the world a better place. And if we die, we will die knowing that it was not our fault, that we did our best, and we can go to our deaths in destiny." -Erika

"They [Germans] had always believed that our lives had been worthless and that they were not murderers, just simple folks carrying out orders to wipe out a subhuman species." -Daniel

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Theme

Fight for your life.

"What kind of God could allow such things to happen? I was angry. Angry at the world." -Daniel

Synagogue

A Jewish house of worship.

HarperAudio

The Holocaust: History in an Hour, by Jemma J. Saunders, read by Jonathan Keeble by HarperAudio
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And to remember those of us who were destroyed by the worst humanity, by its hate. You must choose love. Always choose love." -Erika

Recommendation?

If you like this book, I suggest reading The Boy In the Striped Pajamas. The emotional book is about a Jewish boy in a concentration camp.
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