What items were being rationed in Number the Stars?

Under the Nazi occupation in Number the Stars, electricity has been rationed. This means that Annemarie's family has to use candles after dark as well as the little stove in the old chimney for cooking.

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Life is hard for the Danes under German occupation. As well as the ever-present threat of repression, the Danish people have to endure the Nazis ruthlessly exploiting their resources for their own benefit. Essentially, this means that the Danes are treated like second-class citizens in their own country by people...

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Life is hard for the Danes under German occupation. As well as the ever-present threat of repression, the Danish people have to endure the Nazis ruthlessly exploiting their resources for their own benefit. Essentially, this means that the Danes are treated like second-class citizens in their own country by people who have no right to be there.

Inevitably, the consequences of such widespread pillaging of the nation's resources have been extremely damaging to the Danish people. Thanks to the Germans, there are chronic shortages, and people have to make do with what they have. Electricity has been severely rationed—which, as one can imagine, makes like hard for Annemarie and her folks, as it does for other Danish families.

As electricity has been rationed, Annemarie and her family are forced to use candles after dark. Like other families in their building, the Johansens use a little stove in the old chimney for heating whenever they can find some coal. Annemarie's mother also uses the stove for cooking due to the rationing of electricity. This is just one more in a long list of hardships that the Danish people have to endure under German occupation. Yet it's notable that they show themselves to be resourceful in the face of adversity.

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