Why do they put a boy and girl into a cupboard in the Daniel's Story by Carol Matas?

They put a boy and a girl into a cupboard in Daniel’s Story by Carol Matas to hide them from the Nazis. This is in response to the terrible news that the Nazis are planning to round up all children under the age of ten and all old people.

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The chairman of the ghetto makes the terrible announcement that the Germans are planning to round up all children under the age of ten and all old people and send them away. It’s perfectly clear to everyone what this means; the young and the old will be sent to their...

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The chairman of the ghetto makes the terrible announcement that the Germans are planning to round up all children under the age of ten and all old people and send them away. It’s perfectly clear to everyone what this means; the young and the old will be sent to their deaths in a concentration camp. The others will be allowed to live, for now—but only as slave laborers for the Nazis.

While Daniel contemplates the problem of surviving, his mother and father figure out how best to protect the children in their household from being grabbed and taken away by the Germans. Eventually, they agree to hide Erika, Daniel’s sister, and Friedrich, Daniel’s orphaned cousin, in the cupboard. It’s a very small, cramped space, and everyone’s concerned about the very real danger that the children might suffocate.

But under the circumstances, there’s really not much choice; this might be the only way of saving their lives. Daniel’s mother and father know full well what will happen to Erika and Friedrich if they are discovered by the Germans, but it’s a risk worth taking if it means they have a chance, no matter how small, of surviving until the end of this terrible war.

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