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What is the resistance?In Lois Lowry's novel Number the Stars, what is "the resistance"?

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Posted September 10, 2009 at 4:02 AM via web

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What is the resistance?

In Lois Lowry's novel Number the Stars, what is "the resistance"?

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grammargator | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Adjunct Educator

Posted September 10, 2009 at 5:46 AM (Answer #1)

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During the second World War, some people in occupied countries such as France, The Netherlands, and Denmark resisted Nazi forces. These brave men and women met secretly and planned ways to thwart the German army's efforts to round up Europe's Jews and others.

Many of the techniques described in Lowry's book are historically accurate. Denmark in particular was highly successful in protecting its Jewish population, both by transporting Jews out of the country and hiding them in their homes.  Sadly, many in the resistance paid for their bravery with their lives, as Peter and Anne Marie's sister do in the story.

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