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The Girl in the Green Sweater
Transcript of The Girl in the Green Sweater
The Most Exciting Part:
The most exciting part of the book is when Russia takes over control and the Jews in the sewers are finally liberated. As they come out of the sewer, there is a huge crowd waiting for them, cheering for every person that comes out. This is exciting because they are finally free after fourteen months in the sewers.
How the Main Conflict was Resolved:
The Girl in the Green Sweater
The protagonist of the story is Leopold Socha. He was a non-Jewish sewer worker who brought food and other supplies to the people living in the sewers.
Author: Krystyna Chiger
The Chiger family was a wealthy Jewish family living in Poland at the time of the Holocaust.
When the Germans gained control, they were transported to a ghetto. Once the Jews were starting to be relocated to concentration camps, Ignacy Chiger found a different way for him and his family to survive.
The Chiger family and many others made a plan to go into the sewers and hide. Living in the sewers was a conflict because of the horrible conditions and lack of supplies.
The will to survive overcomes all obstacles.
To survive the liquidation of the Jews in Poland, the Chiger family gives up almost everything they have and hides in the barely habitable sewers for fourteen months.
The antagonist of the story is Adolf Hitler and the Nazis. The actions of Hitler and the Nazis forced the Chiger family and others to live in the sewers in fear for their lives.
The main conflict is resolved because Socha risks his life to help the Jews in the sewers. The Chiger family's wealth also helps to pay for the food and supplies that Socha brings. The conflict of surviving in the sewers was resolved because of the Chiger's wealth and Socha's generosity.
I would recommend this book to anyone who likes Holocaust stories. The book is a little slow/wordy at times but it is interesting because it is not a typical Holocaust story.
~The sweater that is mentioned in the title was an actual sweater that Krystyna's grandmother knitted for her before the Holocaust started. Krystyna kept the sweater and it is now on display at the Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington D.C.
~There is a movie based on the experiences of the Chiger family and the others that lived in the sewers during the Holocaust called "In Darkness"
Literary Elements in the Book:
simile- "I heard a loud thud. It sounded like a sack of potatoes hitting the pavement below"
metaphor- "In any case, the prepared bunker would have been a four star hotel compared with this small, dreadful space."
irony- "So many people descended into the sewers to escape certain death only o find certain death in the currents of the river."
symbolism- "...a small piece of hope, and this is what Socha represented. He stood before them as their salvation."
hyperbole- "Such a mountain of potatoes."
Socha can be described as generous because he spent a lot of time to bring food and supplies to people he barely knew.
He can also be described as brave because he risks his life to help the Jews when he could have just turned them in to the Nazi's for a reward.
Hitler and the Nazis can be described as ruthless because they showed no mercy or pity on any of the Jews.
Another word to describe Hitler and the Nazis is malicious because they were deliberately harmful toward the Jews and desired to cause them pain and harm.