Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

by Ransom Riggs
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How does Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs relate to the Holocaust? 

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The novel alternates between realistic and fantasy worlds in conveying the way that Jacob learns about the Second World War, when the Nazis killed and persecuted millions of Jews, along with gay people, Romanis, and others. Jacob’s Grandpa Portman is a Holocaust survivor. As a child, he had lived in Poland but was evacuated to Wales. During the war, many children were sent away from their homes on the Continent to England and other countries, and many English children were sent away from the urban centers to the countryside.

In the novel, the Holocaust is personified as a group of monsters called the Hollowgast. Much of the novel involves Jacob’s deciphering which aspects of his grandfather’s statements and memories are based in fact and which are products of his imagination. For example, Grandpa tells Jacob to go to the home in Wales and find the hawk; it turns out that the administrator was named Miss Peregrine, which is a type of falcon, a bird closely related to the hawk. He...

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