Prisoner B-3087

Book report by: Caleb Hone P.6 Book by: Alan Gratz

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Child prisoner survives 10 different Nazi concentration camps

Time and setting

The time of the novel is from 1939 through 1945. There are several settings in the story. The first setting is Krakow, Poland, an urban area that was pretty much turned into a prion for Jews when the Germans invaded. The second setting is Plaszow concentration camp. The third setting is the Wielicka salt mine. the fourth setting is the Trzebina concentration camp. The fifth setting is Birkenau concentration camp. The sixth setting is the Auschwitz concentration camp. The seventh setting is a march between Auschwitz and Sachsenhausen concentration camp. The eighth setting is Sachsenhausen concentration camp. The ninth setting is Bergen-Belsen concentration camp. The tenth setting is Buchenwald concentration camp. The eleventh setting is Gross-Rosen concentration camp. The twelfth location is a march between Gross-Rosen concentration camp and Dachau concentration camp. The Thirteenth setting is Dachau concentration camp. The fourteenth setting is Munich, Germany.


The story starts of in Krakow, Poland, where Yanek Gruener and his family are introduced, and shortly after, it is announced on the radio that the Nazis have reached Krakow. Krakow is soon after converted into a prison for Jews only, and many people live in small apartments. Yanek spends months in Krakow, but then, one day, Yanek is picked up of the street to go to Plaszow concentration camp. From then on, he moves between 10 different concentration camps. After years in concentration camps, he hears the allies coming, and then one morning, he wakes up in a liberated camp, and is freed.

Main character

This story has only one main character. The main character is *Yanek Gruener, a Jewish boy from Poland in the 1930's who survives 10 different Nazi concentration camps.

Supporting characters

One of the story's supporting characters is *Uncle Moshe, Yanek's uncle. The other supporting characters are *Yanek's friends.

character key

*= non-fictional character

real event

The real event from my story that I chose to research is the invasion of Poland.The invasion of Poland was when the Nazis and the Soviets invaded Poland during the beginning of world war two. In September of 1939, Germany invaded Poland. Also, during the invasion, the Germans had a secret deal with the Soviets, so when they invaded Poland, they would give part of it to the Soviets. Three days later, the U.K. declared war on Germany. On September 17, 1939, the Soviets invaded Poland.

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simile and metaphor

A simile from the story is "Our fingers were long and bony like vampires from some Hollywood horror movie, the skin on our faces cracked and drawn back like mummies.". The two things being compared are their fingers and skin on their face, and they are being compared to vampires and mummies. A metaphor from the story is ".We were skeletons. Ghosts. Filthy toothless creatures in oversized, soiled prisoner uniforms.". The things being compared are the prisoners and the skeletons, ghosts, and filthy creatures.

onomatopoeia and symbol

an onomatopoeia is They were trying to out wail each other in volume(p. 31). I know it is an onomatopoeia because it has a sound in it. An example of a symbol is when they give him the "b-3087" tattoo, symbolizing that to the Nazis, he is just a thing, not a person.

new vocabulary

Panzer: German for tank. A line of panzers rolled through the streets.

scant: barely enough. There was a scant amount of food.

reprieve: temporary relief. He got reprieve when he arrived at the camp.

meekly:with a timid and submissive spirit. He meekly cheered when the allies came.

nil: nothing; naught; zero. there was a nil amount of bread.