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Author: szeiger
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Created: Jul 5, 2013
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German Soldiers

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Papa opened the front door for the soldiers. A German voice said, "The Rosens' apartment is empty. We are wondering if they might be visiting their good friends, the Johansens."
"Well," said Papa, moving slightly so that he was standing in front of Annemarie's bedroom door. "As you see, you are mistaken. There's no one here but my family."
"You will not object if we look around." The voice was harsh, and it was not a question.
"It seems we have no choice," Papa replied.
"Please don't wake my children," Mama requested.
The heavy-booted feet moved across the floor and into the other bedroom. A closet door opened and closed with a bang. Annemarie eased her bedroom door closed silently. She stumbled through the darkness to the bed. "Ellen," she whispered urgently, "take your necklace off!" She knew if the soldiers caught sight of the Star of David hanging around Ellen's neck, they would know she was Jewish and all would be lost.
"I can't get it open!" Ellen said frantically. "I never take it off. I can't even remember how to open it!" Annemarie heard a voice just outside the door.
"What is here?" demanded the soldier.
"Shh," her mother replied. "My daughters' bedroom. They are sound asleep."
"What should we do?" Ellen asked her friend in a panic.
Annemarie didn't hesitate. "Hold still," she whispered. "This will hurt." She grabbed the little gold chain, yanked with all her strength . . . and broke it.
The two girls heaved a collective sigh of relief as Annemarie crumpled the necklace into her hand and closed her fingers tightly around it. Maybe now, if they were very, very quiet, they'd be safe.
Annemarie and Ellen closed their eyes and pretended to sleep. Just then, the door burst open. Heavy boots thudded across the floor. They could feel the piercing eyes of a soldier as he scoured the room. After three minutes of eternity, the soldier marched out of the room and slammed the door shut behind him.
The girls held each other tightly. They were safe . . . for now.
Grade 7 Story Elements CCSS: CCRA.R.3, RL.7.3
A.
Which of the following happens in the passage's rising action?
  1. A German soldier discovers Ellen and arrests her.
  2. Annemarie and Ellen hold each other tightly.
  3. A German soldier searches the room of two girls.
  4. Annemarie tells Ellen to take her necklace off.
Grade 7 Compare and Contrast CCSS: CCRA.R.9, RL.7.9
D.
If you wanted to compare this fictional passage to what actually happened during the Holocaust, which piece would be most beneficial?
  1. A news article from the same period
  2. A diary entry from a Jewish girl from the same period
  3. A diary entry from a Jewish girl today
  4. A book about the Holocaust written a few years ago
Grade 7 Compare and Contrast CCSS: CCRA.R.9, RL.7.9
E.
Read the passage below:

During the first half of July, Anne and her family went into hiding in an apartment which would eventually hide four Dutch Jews as well as Hermann, Auguste, and Peter van Pels, and Fritz Pfeffer. For two years, they lived in a secret attic apartment behind the office of the family-owned business at 263 Prinsengracht Street, which Anne referred to in her diary as the Secret Annex. Otto Frank's friends and colleagues, Johannes Kleiman, Victor Kugler, Jan Gies, and Miep Gies, had previously helped to prepare the hiding place and smuggled food and clothing to the Franks at great risk to their own lives. On August 4, 1944, the Gestapo (German Secret State Police) discovered the hiding place after being tipped off by an anonymous Dutch caller.

ARREST AND DEPORTATION

That same day, Gestapo official SS Sergeant Karl Silberbauer and two Dutch police collaborators arrested the Franks; the Gestapo sent them to Westerbork on August 8. One month later, in September 1944, SS and police authorities placed the Franks, and the four others hiding with the Franks, on a train transport from Westerbork to Auschwitz, a concentration camp complex in German-occupied Poland. Selected for labor due to their youth, Anne and her sister, Margot were transferred to the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp near Celle, in northern Germany in late October 1944.

Both sisters died of typhus in March 1945, just a few weeks before British troops liberated Bergen-Belsen on April 15, 1945. SS officials also selected Anne's parents for labor. Anne's mother, Edith died in Auschwitz in early January 1945. Only Anne's father, Otto, survived the war. Soviet forces liberated Otto at Auschwitz on January 27, 1945.

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