In Number the Stars by Lois Lowry, what is the name of Uncle Henrik's boat and where did he get the name from?  

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Uncle Henrik and his boat are crucial to the plot development in Number the Stars . Because he is a fisherman, Uncle Henrik is in a perfect position to be able to assist those fleeing Nazi persecution, who are in need of protection and rescue. A brave character, Uncle Henrik...

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Uncle Henrik and his boat are crucial to the plot development in Number the Stars. Because he is a fisherman, Uncle Henrik is in a perfect position to be able to assist those fleeing Nazi persecution, who are in need of protection and rescue. A brave character, Uncle Henrik is willing to risk his life to take people from Denmark to Sweden via his fishing boat. His bravery is important to Annemarie's character development, too. He tells her, "It is much easier to be brave if you do not know everything . . . We know only what we need to know" (Chapter 9).

Uncle Henrik chooses to name his boat Ingeborg. This honors his sister—who is Annemarie's mother. Thus, the boat brings Annemarie and her uncle closer together, as it serves as both a literal and tangible reminder of the common love and values they share. They have a shared history and can work together to accomplish hard things.

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Annemarie's Uncle Henrik was a fisherman.  He lived in a small fishing village on the northern shore of Denmark.  He owned a fishing boat "'named the Ingeborg.'"  He named his boat after Annemarie's mother, who was his sister and his only sibling.  At night and when Uncle Henrik was not using his boat, he kept it "'anchored in the harbor.'"  

The Ingeborg was very important in the story, and it was mentioned many times.  Uncle Henrik hid Jews under the floorboards at the bottom of the boat.  After they were hidden and the floorboards were covered with fish, he sailed his boat across to Sweden.  Sweden was not occupied by Nazis, so Danish Jews could live there in freedom.  Uncle Henrik was not the only fisherman who did this.  Other fisherman who disagreed with the Nazi mission of deporting Danish Jews also helped bring them to safety in Sweden.

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