In Number the Stars, a historical fiction novel by Lois Lowry, Uncle Henrik is a fisherman just like many other men in Denmark. Uncle Henrik is an important character in this coming of age story set during the Nazi occupation of Denmark. Uncle Henrik, along with many other Danes, chose to protect the Jews even when threatened with danger and even death. Uncle Henrik uses his house by the sea to protect Jewish refugees alongside the Danish Resistance. Uncle Henrik serves as a sort of mentor to Annemarie, teaching her of bravery, empathy, and selflessness. He famously tells her that it is easier to be brave if she does not know everything, which strongly relates to Annemarie's experience as a young girl during such a turbulent time.