Emil and Karl

By, Yankev Glatshteyn Translated by, Jeffrey Shandler


Emil- jewish boy

Karl- Emil's friend, not jewish



World War II

Travel from one house to another


"Emil was terrified to be outside."(pg. 51)

"Karl started to explain, but suddenly he saw that Berta's eyes were full of tears."(pg. 76)

"Emil, who also held Aunt Matilda by the hand, started imitating his friend."(pg. 98)


Person vs. Person


They are moving from one place to another to live with.


This book started in Vienna, back then when there was the holocaust, the characters in this book are Emil and Karl. They are friends, they always hang out. Emil is a jew and Karl is not, Karl likes to play with Emil but his parents don't let him because Emil is a jew. Kids always tease Karl that he plays with a jew, and that not to play with him to leave him alone. The kids want Karl to play with them not to play with Emil. Emil's parents died and later on so did Karl's. They both found each other and they try to find a place to stay at, they go where Karl used to live. He knows the janitor there and he stayed there and the janitor's wife took care of them she gave them food. Later on they took the janitor to jail and his wife couldn't take care of them anymore because her husband went to jail. She went somewhere with the kids and then there was a lady that got close to them and then the janitor's wife got scared and pulled the kids and the lady said don't be scared. The janitor's wife said she is trying to look for someone to take care of the kids cause she couldn't anymore she was going to go live with her mom. The lady said that she could take care of the boys and then the janitor's wife told her are you sure and she said yes. The janitor's wife was scared cause she didn't know the lady so she couldn't trust her but she left the kids with the lady. The lady's name is Matilda, Matilda told the boys to call her Aunt Matilda. So the boys did call her Aunt Matilda and then she took them to her house. She asked them if they were hungry and they said no, and she was taking good care of them when the boys went to her house. The boys liked her she was nice she gave them food and shelter and they felt good in her house.