Has the characters in your book been deported?
My characters have left their home and are in the ghetto currently.
Is your character still with their family?
The girl in my book is still connected with her mom but they havent mentioned her other family members yet.
What is the setting and condition of the ghetto?
The girl in my book personally doesn't mind the ghetto. She is still with her family and they have a place to sleep and eat. For right now, she is happy.
Is there evidence of Hitler starting to take over?
There is evidence. It says boys and girls are signing up for Hitler Youth organizations to i guess help support Hitler and his power.
Have they had to distinguish yet that they are Jews? Or are they even Jews?
Yes, the family is Jewish. To show this, they have been ordered to wear a yellow star on the left side of their chest.
Is there any evidence of a deportation coming soon?
So far, there is no evidence of a deportation. I think they are mainly just discussing pre-Holocaust times.
What kind of descriptions did they provide about their home town?
They lived in a small town where everyone knew everyone. Children were always outside playing and exploring. Everyone was very happy to live there.
Has the expectation of Hitler's "perfect girl" been mentioned?
Yes, they have mentioned it. It says that the main character's friend was considered for an approval as a spitting image of Hitler's perfect girl. ( racially pure Aryan girl)
Has the setting in your book changed yet?
Yes, they were moved to labor camps but are now in a concentration camp.
Have they introduced any new characters yet or is it still the same ones as mentioned before?
We meet Elli's Aunt Serena, however they have already been separated once being sent to the concentration camps. That is all so far.
Are your characters fearful of their situation yet or are they still excited to be in the ghetto?
Elli has now realized what is going on. While she is anxious and afraid, she is trying her best to hide it for her mother's sake.
Is their evidence of your characters being moved to the concentration camps any time soon? Or are they still staying in the ghetto for the most part?
They have been moved to Auschwitz.
Is there any evidence of a deportation soon?
So far, I don't see a deportation taking place anytime soon. I don't know if they just aren't going to mention it or if one really didn't happen. I am unsure at the time.
What is the general topic of your book at this point? What is happening?
At this point in my book, time has fast forwarded many years after the Holocaust. The mom, Lotte, is telling her daughter about her friends during that time. The daughter is listening and taking in the information very deeply. The information is very emotional to the daughter even so many years later.
Do you think your book is going to go into depth of the Holocaust or just outline the effects of the aftermath?
So far, I think they are just going to relive the effects of the tragic event. It still works for this project though because while they are describing the event, they include a multitude of detailed descriptions of what life was like then.
Are all of your characters still the same or has their been a development?
Up to this point, the characters have remained mainly all the same. I haven't noticed any drastic character changed thus far. But I am sure they will definitely change soon.
Has the setting changed at all?
Well, my book never really describes the Holocaust like it's actually happening. It's just a recollection of the memories of the event. That being said, she has started to recall them being transported into a camp.
What's the condition of your characters at this point?
My characters are being deprived of the necessities and are getting sick in the camp due to the bad environment.
Are the Jew's completely under Hitler's control at this point?
For the most part they are. There is some parts where you can tell they still have an amount of freedom but it's not like that for every single Jew. Some are already under captivation.
Have you noticed a change in the treatment of the characters at this point?
Like mentioned above, some (specifically my characters) have an amount of freedom but you can tell soon they will be transferred to the camps, if not already.
Does it name any specific camps they were held at?
The main character in my book was forced on the St. Louis along with 900 other prisoners on the way to Cuba. By the time they got to Cuba, the government wasn't allowing them to come in. So the ship had to turn around and find a place that would allow them. Eventually they found a place but they were sadly forced back into camps. It was called the Westerberk Detention camp.
Describe the setting of your book exactly where you left off reading it.
As of right now, they are describing an elaborate escape from the camp mentioned above. They were friends with some elites of Holland that were able to secretly come release them.
Have there been any new characters introduced?
So far, there isn't really many new main characters introduced. Some family members are mentioned but then they are never talked about again.
From the words used to desrcribe their situation, how do the characters feel about it?
I can tell the main character is not excited about their stay at the camp because she contracted Tuberculusis.
Up to this point in your reading, has the setting drastically changed?
They have been moved a couple times, but the way they are treated is still the same.
Has any new characters been introduced?
Characters keep coming in and out of the book quickly, someone will be introduced and just as they are, they get separated from Elli.
Describe any key event that have took place thus far, specifically one that impacts the story line.
When taken to the first concentration camp, Elli and her mother were forced to take all their clothes off and shave their heads. Their identities were taken from them in that moment. Since that day, Elli has slowly been losing herself.
Has your main character's feelings toward the ghetto changed or is she still happy to be there?
That was the happiest place for Elli, unfortunately they have moved on from the ghetto.
Have you noticed any changes in the treatment of the captives?
The treatment is only getting worse. They are losing rights and freedom.
Does your book affect your feelings against the Holocaust at all? Like does it change the way you viewed the event?
I still do not agree with the entire thing and how the Jews were treated. It is not fair and completely inhumane.
From your reading, do you sense an escape or release from the camps coming soon?
Right now, it doesn't seem like an escape is coming.
Who is your favorite character and why?
Elli because she remains so positive and strong for her mother throughout this very difficult time.
Is there any evidence of your book ending?
Yes, the way it is being written it sounds like they are about to escape.
Have your characters been released or escaped from the camp?
They were moved around a lot but it seems like they are heading towards freedom.
Do you feel your book was an accurate representation of the Holocaust?
Yes, you are able to understand how difficult it was for the jews and how terribly they were treated.
In general, did you like this book?
I liked the way it was written from the little girl's point of view. It was actually very interesting to read.
Is there signs of the book starting to wrap up?
They aren't really mentioning the Holocaust anymore so I feel like it is wrapping up. Now they are just talking about their life now.
Are all of the characters still alive or are some dead?
The only people still alive that are significant are Elli, Bubi (her brother), and their mother.
What is the last, final setting of the book?
Statue of Liberty
Are the character's personalities fully developed at this point?
Yes, the author doesn't really describe them anymore. Im assuming they aren't going to change anymore.
What was the overall theme of this book?
Some of the main themes were freedom and strength.
Is there any clues to tell you that the holocaust is going to end?
Since they aren't describing it anymore, I have assumed it is over.
What is the setting currently described as?
They are describing their home in America and what their new life in America is like.
Do you think this book was an accurate depiction of the holocaust?
I think it was since it was an actual memoir. It was a story of an actual persons memories.
How do you feel about the holocaust after reading this book?
The Holocaust is now more sentimental after reading this book. It means more since I know more about the event.
Are your characters most likely still alive? Did they make it?
The characters are still alive. It was a survival story. None of the characters died.
Do you believe this book was an actual memoir?
I do believe it was an actual memoir due to the recalling of nemories of the event.