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Parallel Journeys

An overview of the book "Parallel Journeys".
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Tara Capel

on 15 May 2013

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Transcript of Parallel Journeys

The Rise of Hitler Parallel Journeys By: Tara Capel Tracing the polar opposites of the lives of Helen Waterford and Alfons Heck during World War II. Helen Waterford: pg 64: "Then she asked if I knew a man by the name of Max. She said he would bring great changes into our lives." Symbolism: "Siegfried coming home with the devastating news of his unemployment. He was told this by a man named Max." Home pg 188: "In the end, Doris saved the situation by saying that she had to go back to school and asking if she could be driven in the Jeep. She wanted everybody at school to see the Jeep, but not her mother." Symbolism: "Upon seeing her daughter for the first time since sending her away, Helen knew that a lot had changed. She still wanted and needed the child in her life though." Resettlement pg 79: "To gain time, we found a doctor who was willing to remove Siegfried's perfectly healthy appendix." Symbolism: "Siegfried, after his surgical procedure. It was this unnecessary medical event that gave Helen time to learn about the inner workings of the ghettos." Camps Liberation pg 124: "It was Mrs. Frank (Anne Frank's mother) talking with another prisoner." Symbolism: "Here, Helen and friend are having brunch. In moments like this, Helen often wondered if she would have done the same time with Mrs. Frank, had she survived." pg 171: "Since Helen and Beck had been near starvation, he ordered double portions of food to be given to them each day." Symbolism: "Once out of the camps, nearly everyone was starving. Some, like Beck and Helen, were in worse conditions than others. Those that were near death were given extra rations and often times, those people were harassed and tormented for their food." Alfons Heck: The Rise of Hitler Defeat Army Captain Hitler Youth Aftermath pg 26: "One afternoon, Heinz came to our farm, all dressed up in his best velvet suit, to say good-bye." Symbolism: "Even with the departure of his best friend, Alfons was still relatively clueless as to what was about to unfold." pg 72: "Don't be dumb, Heck," he advised, "Aim for the Luftwaffe." Symbolism: "His desire to be chosen for the Luftwaffe was Alfons' driving force throughout his time in the Hitler Youth." pg 111: "It had never occurred to me that at sixteen years old i would become Gefolgschaftsfuher, a rank nearly equal to an army captain, in charge of 150 to 190 boys." Symbolism: "Though shocking, Alfons soon grew into his powerful position. His place of authority kept him safe towards the end of the war." pg 138: "By the end of the attack, our Luftwaffe ceased to exist as a fighting unit." Symbolism: "The destruction of the Luftwaffe made Alfons' dreams, and a German Victory, quite impossible." pg 182: "By order of the French Military government in Germany, you will be executed by firing squad tomorrow morning at 0600 hours to pay for crimes committed in France." Symbolism: "Little did Alfons know, his near - miss experience with death would shape him later in life, and help him truly understand regret and remorse."
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