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Summer of My German Soldier

This is somewhat of a subjective question, the answer would differ depending on exactly who these people in question were. For example German nationals in the 1930s and 1940s would likely have...

Latest answer posted October 13, 2018 4:37 pm UTC

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Summer of My German Soldier

Here are five important events from the novel in order: German POWs arrive at a small town in Arkansas called Jenkinsville. Anton Reiker, a prisoner who speaks English, approaches Patty Bergen at...

Latest answer posted June 3, 2017 10:54 pm UTC

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Summer of My German Soldier

Patty offers to hide Anton in the family's garage apartment, which she uses as her hiding place; however I was unable to find a very detailed description of it.

Latest answer posted June 12, 2007 10:58 am UTC

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Summer of My German Soldier

In the book, it is clear that Patty doesn't have a good relationship with her parents. Patty's mother seems overly focused on her daughter's looks. In the first chapter, Mrs. Bergen criticizes...

Latest answer posted March 7, 2018 9:43 pm UTC

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Summer of My German Soldier

In Bette Greene’s novel Summer of My German Soldier, the story of the relationship between an innocent 12-year-old Jewish girl and the escaped German prisoner-of-war she hides, Patty is a...

Latest answer posted March 12, 2016 8:29 pm UTC

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Summer of My German Soldier

In the story, Patty lies about what Anton Reiker bought because she wants to protect him. When the FBI agents question her, she tells them that the only things Anton bought were a 'sharpener,...

Latest answer posted March 14, 2016 5:44 pm UTC

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Summer of My German Soldier

In the Southern town where Patty lives during World War II, racism is rampant. It is evident most clearly in attitudes towards the Bergens' black maid, Ruth. Ruth has a fierce sense of dignity...

Latest answer posted May 14, 2009 6:01 am UTC

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Summer of My German Soldier

Patty trusts Ruth because Ruth both understands and supports the lonely Patty. There is a camaraderie between them that is borne of shared struggles and trials. Ruth is African American and is a...

Latest answer posted March 14, 2016 7:29 pm UTC

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Summer of My German Soldier

In the story, Anton compares Patty's father to Adolph Hitler after he witnesses Patty's beating at her father's hands. In discussing Harry Bergen, Patty's father, Anton theorizes that a 'man who is...

Latest answer posted March 14, 2016 6:11 pm UTC

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Summer of My German Soldier

Mr. Chu Lee was one of the minor characters in Bette Greene's novel Summer of My German Soldier. A Chinese immigrant, Lee and his wife were the owners of The Chu Lee Grocery Co. in Jenkinsville,...

Latest answer posted February 24, 2010 9:14 am UTC

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Summer of My German Soldier

There are several conflicts that arise surrounding Patty Bergen in Bette Greene's teen novel Summer of My German Soldier. The main one arises over her decision to hide the escaped German POW, Anton...

Latest answer posted September 13, 2011 3:22 am UTC

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Summer of My German Soldier

Although Patty Bergen is the narrator and main character in Summer of My German Soldier, there are several other important characters in the novel. PATTY BERGEN. The narrator and protagonist of...

Latest answer posted September 12, 2011 11:09 am UTC

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Summer of My German Soldier

Summer of My German Soldier, a YA historical fiction novel published in 1973 by Bette Greene, explores themes of self-worth, relationships, empathy, hypocrisy, and prejudice. Patty Bergen, a...

Latest answer posted August 30, 2019 9:33 pm UTC

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Summer of My German Soldier

The thought process about which you are asking is actually outlined in Chapter 8 instead of Chapter 7. Patty justifies the fact that she is not a spy in her own mind by reasoning that she is not...

Latest answer posted April 13, 2009 7:32 am UTC

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Summer of My German Soldier

Summer of My German Soldier by Bette Greene is a narrative of an adolescent Jewish girl, Patty Bergen, who is growing up in Arkansas. It was first published in 1973 and adapted for television in...

Latest answer posted February 17, 2016 10:05 pm UTC

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Summer of My German Soldier

Anton and Ruth feel it is time for Anton to leave his hiding place because it is becoming too dangerous for him to stay. Patty doesn't agree because she loves Anton, and cannot bear the thought of...

Latest answer posted August 16, 2009 1:13 pm UTC

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Summer of My German Soldier

Patty had bought a shirt for her father for Father's Day, and she had subsequently given it to Anton. Anton had been wearing it when he was shot and killed by authorities, and the shirt was traced...

Latest answer posted August 23, 2009 6:43 am UTC

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Summer of My German Soldier

The townspeople essentially run Mr. Lee out of town, harassing him and making him a victim of a hate crime. Someone throws a heavy object, most likely a rock or a brick, through the plate-glass...

Latest answer posted June 17, 2009 7:28 am UTC

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Summer of My German Soldier

Prejudice is a significant theme in Summer of My German Soldier. It is displayed in a variety of contexts. One way it can be seen is through the lens of race. Racial prejudice is important to...

Latest answer posted December 10, 2013 12:53 am UTC

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Summer of My German Soldier

In Summer of My German Soldier, the protagonist is a young girl by the name of Patty, who can best be described, above all else, as lonely. She is from a wealthy Jewish family, but she is viewed by...

Latest answer posted September 22, 2007 1:57 pm UTC

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Summer of My German Soldier

As a Jew, Patty's lawyer, Mr. Kishner, feels that by having put herself in a situation where her own loyalty to the country is called into question, Patty has embarrassed Jews everywhere. Because...

Latest answer posted August 15, 2009 2:03 pm UTC

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Summer of My German Soldier

Esmeralda was a one-eyed cat, that, when a tornado ripped the roof off of the McDonald's dairy barn, was the only animal who was not harmed in any way. She remained intact. Patty sees herself as...

Latest answer posted December 11, 2012 1:49 am UTC

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Summer of My German Soldier

Bette Greene's Summer of My German Soldier is told from the immature point of view of Patty Bergen, the narrator and protagonist of the story. Patty is only twelve years old, but her desire to grow...

Latest answer posted September 13, 2011 3:47 am UTC

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Summer of My German Soldier

Anton's last purchase was a gaudy pin, round and covered in fake diamonds. It cost Anton $1.00, and Patty thought it looked like nothing Anton would ever buy. She already felt that she knew him...

Latest answer posted December 10, 2012 1:43 am UTC

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Summer of My German Soldier

When Patty Bergen hears that German prisoners of war are arriving in Jenkinsville to be housed there, she heads to her father's department store. While there, a group of soldiers arrive to purchase...

Latest answer posted January 3, 2010 6:31 am UTC

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Summer of My German Soldier

In the book Summer of My German Soldier, the main character Patty is sent to The Jasper E. Conrad Arkansas Reformatory for Girls. Mavis McCall is Patty's roommate there. Patty describes Mavis as...

Latest answer posted October 9, 2016 6:27 am UTC

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Summer of My German Soldier

As the narrator of Bette Greene's novel, Summer of My German Soldier, Patty Bergen suffers several forms of abuse at the hands of her angry father. Harry Bergen is one unhappy man, full of...

Latest answer posted April 28, 2010 3:47 am UTC

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Summer of My German Soldier

Patty's plan is to leave with Anton. She makes her decision after her abusive father verbally lashes out at her during dinner one evening. Patty concludes that she isn't even sure whether her...

Latest answer posted August 18, 2016 8:27 pm UTC

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Summer of My German Soldier

Although Patty is rich and Freddy is poor, both are outcasts because Patty is Jewish. Patty is Jewish, which can make her somewhat of an outcast in the community. She is also an outcast in her own...

Latest answer posted May 10, 2013 3:04 am UTC

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Summer of My German Soldier

In the story, Ruth is characterized as Patty's life raft. To Patty, Ruth (the family housekeeper) represents love, loyalty, and courage. She is the one constant in Patty's life. Ruth is also the...

Latest answer posted September 1, 2016 9:01 pm UTC

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Summer of My German Soldier

Mr. Bergen doesn't like Grandpa. Patty doesn't quite understand why, but she believes it has something to do with the fact that, when Mr. Bergen married Mrs. Bergen, Grandpa didn't give him a job...

Latest answer posted February 7, 2008 8:50 am UTC

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Summer of My German Soldier

Olive drab (officially called Olive Drab #3) was the color chosen by the U. S. military for uniforms and military vehicles during World War II. It is mentioned in Summer of My German Soldier when...

Latest answer posted September 13, 2011 6:12 am UTC

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Summer of My German Soldier

At first, Patty noticed Anton because he spoke very clean English, and he did not sound German at all. He spoke like an Englishman. But she continued to watch him because he did not remain with...

Latest answer posted December 10, 2012 1:51 am UTC

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Summer of My German Soldier

Summer of My German Soldier traces the lives of Patty, a Jewish girl from Arkansas and Anton, a former German soldier who escapes from a US prisoner-of-war camp during World War II. The unlikely...

Latest answer posted September 15, 2014 12:28 pm UTC

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Summer of My German Soldier

The story takes place in a small town in Arkansas during World War II. The citizenship of the town, which is called West Memphis, is predominantly white, working class, and Protestant.

Latest answer posted December 28, 2007 12:53 pm UTC

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Summer of My German Soldier

Aside from the obvious prejudice that exists between the residents of Jenkinsville, Arkansas and the German prisoners of war who are interned there, Patty Bergen and her family are subject to...

Latest answer posted December 15, 2011 12:50 am UTC

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Summer of My German Soldier

Bette Greene's 1973 novel, The Summer of My German Soldier, tells the story of a group of German prisoners of war who arrive at their new POW camp in Jenkinsville, Arkansas in 1944 or 1945. Patty...

Latest answer posted December 26, 2009 8:18 am UTC

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Summer of My German Soldier

Patty Bergen's hometown of Jenkinsville, Arkansas was chosen as the site of a German prisoner of war camp toward the end of World War II. Most of the citizens weren't too happy about it, since the...

Latest answer posted March 15, 2011 8:02 am UTC

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Summer of My German Soldier

The residents of Jenkinsville demonstrate their bigotry through their actions and utterances, and this is clear throughout the book. They come across as racists and religious extremists. Chu Lee, a...

Latest answer posted January 24, 2018 8:07 pm UTC

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Summer of My German Soldier

Bette Greene's 1973 novel, Summer of My German Soldier, can best be described as adolescent or young adult fiction. It features 12 year-old Patty Bergen as the protagonist and narrator, and the...

Latest answer posted September 13, 2011 11:57 am UTC

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Summer of My German Soldier

The novel Summer Of My German Soldier deals heavily in the ideas of race, ethnicity, belonging, and loving the inside of a person, not their outer appearance. To that degree, a really good thesis...

Latest answer posted August 18, 2015 9:39 pm UTC

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Summer of My German Soldier

Patty finally begins to believe that she is not a bad person at the end of Chapter 20, when Ruth comes to visit her in the Reformatory. In desperation, she asks Ruth, "What's really wrong...

Latest answer posted August 25, 2008 11:22 am UTC

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Summer of My German Soldier

Here is what Patty has to say on the matter: “The whole thing is, and I thought about it quite a lot, it’s not true what they said about me. In court they called me a person of no loyalties—a...

Latest answer posted December 11, 2012 1:40 am UTC

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Summer of My German Soldier

There is a basic similarity in the stories in the sense that you have a male and female who have some love for each other, but are not able to be together because of outside circumstances.

Latest answer posted March 2, 2007 9:01 am UTC

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Summer of My German Soldier

Like many Southerners of the period, many of the citizens of Jenkinsville held racist views about the only Asian family in the community. Mr. and Mrs. Lee owned The Chu Lee Grocery Co., and they...

Latest answer posted September 12, 2011 6:12 am UTC

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Summer of My German Soldier

Mr. Lee was the victim of a hate crime! During World War II the United States was at war with Japan. The Japanese, then, were collectively looked upon as the enemy. Mr. Lee is Chinese, but...

Latest answer posted May 22, 2007 2:46 am UTC

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Summer of My German Soldier

When she talks to Anton in her father's shop, Patty privately thinks that Anton is too nice to be a Nazi. She also finds herself thinking Anton is a very handsome man. As they laugh and converse,...

Latest answer posted August 18, 2016 9:10 pm UTC

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Summer of My German Soldier

I think that one of the strongest virtues that is brought out in Greene's work is the idea of tolerance. The setting of Jenkinsville is an arena that is fraught with intolerance of all kinds....

Latest answer posted September 4, 2011 3:30 am UTC

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Summer of My German Soldier

Needless to say, the Arkansas Reformatory for Girls in Bolton, Arkansas was not the same as any other three-story brick building. First of all, Patty was not there voluntarily; she had to serve a...

Latest answer posted March 15, 2011 9:32 am UTC

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Summer of My German Soldier

Charlene tells Patty's grandparents that Patty will not be charged with treason, but she will likely be sent to reform school. Her words prove prescient, because Patty is sent to the Jasper E....

Latest answer posted August 18, 2016 8:53 pm UTC

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