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ALICIA: MY STORY
1. Give a short summary of your book. (characters , conflict, complications, climaxes, resolutions)
The story was mainly about Alicia Jurman’s life during and after the Holocaust. In her life she had witnessed more trauma that we can’t even imagine, such as her mother getting killed right in front of her. That’s not all, her whole family was killed during the holocaust. Her family cruelly wrenched from her, Alicia rescued other Jews from the Gestapo, led them to safe hide outs. She was only 13 when she began saving the lives of people she did not know. After the war Alicia continued to risk her life, leading Polish Jews on an under ground route to freedom in Palestine. I enjoyed this story a lot, but did not enjoy reading about the part where she tells about her mother getting killed, which kind of made me cry a little. After all that she had settled down and is mother of three grown children, living in California with her husband, and a writer and lecturer. Alicia Jurman had been 35 around the time she wrote this book. Before she had wrote this book she had gone around grade schools, high schools, colleges, synagogues, and churches letting people know what had actually had happened during the war.
2. List the characters in your book and label them antagonist (The principal character in opposition to the protagonist or hero of a narrative or drama.), protagonist (The main character in a drama or other literary work), confidante (A character in a drama or fiction, such as a trusted friend or servant, who serves as a device for revealing the inner thoughts or intentions of a main character), developing character, foil, and static (Stationary character).
ALICIA JURMAN-She is the protagonist. She wrote this book and it is mainly about her life during and after the Holocaust.
The Germans-The Germans can be considered the antagonist because they are the ones who had killed her family and her. They also try and stop her from helping other Polish Jews escape to freedom in Palestine.
The Russians- The Russians were another group of antagonist in this story. They were the antagonists because, like the Germans, they were another group that had try and stop Alicia and the Jews from leaving the country they had occupied and going to Palestine.
Her Mother- Her mother was the confidante because she had always been there with Alicia every step of the way until she had died.
Alicia Jurman- She was the developing character because as the story went along she had developed into a stronger willed person and also developed into the main character.
The Germans- The Germans had been the foil because they are the ones who tried to kill her. They had also been the main reason why she had so much grief and trauma.
Her family-Her family had been the static because they were not able to escape the Germans and they died.
3. Characterize your main character. A minimum of five characteristics and prove by quoting from the book (page numbers included).
Alicia Jurman had determination, courageous, and strong willed because even though her whole family was killed she still had been able to move on and free all those Jews. After seeing her whole family get killed she had gained determination and a strong will. On page 43 she says,”I didn’t know why, but I told them what happened to my family and, strangely I didn’t cry…” here you can see how strong willed she is. This is where she is in the ghetto and telling this lady she is talking to and telling her about how her brother died and how she was just forced out of the house by Nazi soldiers. She said on page 220,”after seeing Herzl getting killed I swore to myself to never let them kill my mother and do everything in my power to do so…” she tried everything in her power to do so, but not even her determination was able to stop the Nazi soldiers from killing her mother. Then on page 250 she states, “when I go to sleep I can only see my mother being killed, but I know I have to move on…” this again shows you how strong willed she is. To just show
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Anti-communism, Genocides, Persecution of Jews, The Holocaust, Vichy France, Responsibility for the Holocaust, Alicia, Racism in Europe, Alicia Appleman-Jurman, Europe, Alicia Gallagher
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