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by Jerry Spinelli

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What is the setting of Milkweed?

The setting of Milkweed is Poland during World War II. Poland was invaded and occupied by the Germans during the war, and the Nazis brought great suffering and misery to the native population, especially Jews. Misha witnesses Nazi savagery firsthand when he ends up being trapped in the Warsaw ghetto.

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The setting of Milkweed by Jerry Spinelli really couldn’t be better for giving us an insight into what life was like in occupied Europe during the Second World War. Poland was invaded by the Germans and became a testing ground for their racial theories. The Nazis, in keeping with their racist ideology, treated the native Poles as subhumans and saw them as racially inferior. But they treated Polish Jews even worse, rounding them up into ghettos before deporting...

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