I’ve had an interest in the tragic events surrounding World War II and the Holocaust that began when I was in the play The Diary of Anne Frank in high school (I played Anne’s sister, Margot). Since that time I’ve tried to learn all I can about what the Jews experienced during those years.
I’ll never comprehend the horrific circumstances so many of them faced, and I’ll always mourn for the lives that were lost. What’s hardest for me to make sense of is the loss of innocence that so many Jewish children lived through. I think that is why I enjoyed reading Number the Stars by Lois Lowry so much.
My 11-year old daughter’s class read Number the Stars at school and my daughter insisted I read it. It is the fictional story of ten-year old Annemarie Johansen and her best friend, Ellen Rosen, two young girls who live in Denmark during the German occupation.
The book is written for children the same age and tells the story of Ellen’s family’s escape from Copenhagen to Sweden to avoid capture by the Germans.