Morris Gleitzman

Summary Of The Book

Two Jewish children, Felix and Zelda can not be found from the Nazis since they already escaped from a concentration camp, but when a stranger comes up and aggressively brings them to a barn, what are they supposed to think? When the lady named Genia comes into the barn, she immediately tells the children to act like Nazis even though it will be hard. For that sake, they will have to change their identification, will they manage to keep the secret and not tell anyone about their true life story? Going into town can be risky, but they are able to act like Genia's niece and nephew. After continuously going into town the Nazis think something is suspicious with the two children and soon discovers the true story about the children. As Zelda and Genia go into town by themselves, with the Nazis, Felix is at home. As he reaches town with his friend that is also a Jew, Felix hears news he wishes he never heard.

Historical Facts

The author, Morris Gleitman incorporated WWII by telling specific details of how the towns looked back then. It said in the book that they saw people being hung and how people would walk by it and pretend to notice nothing, like it was normal. It talked about how the children were on top of a hill and they could see a large hole with dead bodies in the pit. From looking at that, you can see how harsh concentration camps were. When they were escaping the author said that Nazis would be on top of the train watching to see if kids escaped. The one thing that I learned from the book is Nazis used to check peoples private parts to see if they were a Jew.


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