Summer of My German Soldier

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Summer of My German Soldier





The novel, Summer of My German Soldier, written by Bette Greene is about a young Jewish
girl, Patty, who befriends a Nazi soldier. She confides in him because of the lack of
parental love in her life. The Nazi soldier shows Patty that she is a person of value and
is important in the world. This is something that her parents have never told her.
Michael Tuchner, director of the cinematic version of, Summer of My German Soldier, does a
fair job of portraying the action in the novel, however some key scenes are not shown thus
taking away important facts that the viewer would see.

There are many scenes in the movie that are not in the book. There are a few key
additions, one of which is, Anton asking Patty for accessories. The accessories are a
toothbrush, toothpaste, razor, comb, etc. When he is asking for these things he seems
really demanding. In the book he does not appear to be this way. Another addition is,
towards the end of the movie, Patty’s father comes into her room and tells her that
she is a bad person and is dead to him. He also tells her that she has always hated him,
and in a way this compares to the scene in the book where he goes into the garage and
yells “nobody loves me, nobody loves me!”. The scene in which Ruth walks
through the town with Patty is another key addition. It shows that she is confident in
herself and that she is not afraid of the prejudice of the white people. This scene
closely compares to the scene in the book where Ruth orders the white guards in the
juvenile detention center to fetch Patty’s Christmas bag.

There are many scenes in the book that do not take place in the movie. The most apparent
deletion is of the scenes dealing with the grandparents. In the movie Patty’s
grandparents are never mentioned; in the book they play a major role in her life. In the
beginning of the book, before Patty meets Anton, her grandparents are all she has. Unlike
her parents, they treat her like a person. Also at the end of the book they keep her
before she has to go to the juvenile detention center. The movie does not show any of
that. Another deletion that occurs is Patty’s punishment for housing the Nazi. In
the book she is sent to the juvenile detention center as a punishment. In the movie all
that is said is that she will be getting a lawyer to help fight for her. Many of the
interactions between Patty and her father are not shown in the movie. In the book Mr.
Bergen beats Patty numerous times; in the movie Mr. Bergen only beats her once. Instead
of beating her, he only yells violently at her. This is probably done to keep the rating
of the movie minimal. Also, when Patty goes out to see Anton during the night, in the
book her father catches her in the kitchen; in the movie she sneaks out via the window and
is not caught.

A few scenes had the same outcome between the movie and book, but the way in which they
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