What are three morals in The Silver Sword?

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One the morals of the story is that there's always hope, even in the depths of despair. On the face of it, it would seem that there's very little hope for the Balicki children. Forced to embark upon a long, arduous journey through war-torn Europe, their chances of survival are pretty low. And yet despite the numerous hardships they encounter on the way, they never give up hope of reuniting with their parents, and that's what keeps them going.

On their way to Switzerland, the Balicki children had a lot of help and support. And here's a second moral in the story: when people work together they can achieve extraordinary things. As the war rages across Europe, it seems that everyone's at each other's throats. And yet despite this, many people display great humanity towards the children, even people such as the Bavarian farmer and his wife, who as Germans are supposed to be their sworn enemies.

Finally, an additional moral one could draw from the story is the importance of maintaining a connection with one's family. It is this connection that is aptly symbolized by the silver sword of the title. Though the Balicki family find themselves separated, they're never truly apart. They have that strong, loving bond between them that cannot be broken, no matter how much adversity, or how many hardships they must endure.

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