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Room in the heart

by Levitin, Sonia, 1934-

Format: Print Book 2003
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Told from several points of view, this novel reveals how life in Copenhagen was soiled by the Nazi occupation and how the Danes fought back with courage and kindness. Julie lives with the constant, nagging fear that her family will be sent to a concentration camp. Niels can't stand the brutish, arrogant Nazi soldiers and finds himself drawn to the Danish resistance. When Niels learns of the Nazi plot to round up all of Copenhagen's Jews, he is dominated by a single thought: rescue. Julie wonders how she will endure so many good-byes, especially to Niels. This riveting read is based on the true story of how thousands of Denmark's Jews were saved from the Nazis.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Gr. 7-10. Ellen Levine's nonfiction work Darkness over Denmark (2000) does a great job of documenting the role of ordinary people in the Danish rescue of the Jews. This novel, based on true events, shows how fiction can intensify the same history, by dramatizing the personal experience. Julie, a Jewish girl, hides and then takes a boat with her family to Sweden. Her friend Niels plays a big role in the resistance. Niels' friend Emil is attracted by Nazi guns and power. The novel's huge cast and constantly switching viewpoints are sometimes confusing, but they allow Levitin to show the diversity of the experience. While telling the upbeat, heroic story (most of Denmark's 8,000 Jews survived), Levitin makes clear what she calls the disgrace of human nature, including a horrifying account of Nazi cruelty to residents of a home for the aged. What will grab readers is the picture of young people as survivors and heroic rescuers, the secrets and adventure, the fear and exhilaration. --Hazel Rochman Copyright 2003 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Levitin (Journey to America), a survivor of Hitler's Germany, offers a panoramic view of Denmark during the German occupation. Beginning with the German invasion in April 1940, her novel traces the experiences of a varied, loosely linked group. Julie, from an assimilated Jewish family, at first can't understand her father's apparent resignation to the Nazi regime and wants to fight back; Julie's friend Ingrid opposes violence for any reason. But Ingrid's older brother, Niels, secretly joins a resistance group; and Ingrid and Niels's older sister, Fredericka, embarks on an ill-fated romance with a Jewish Zionist. Levitin also introduces a friend of Niels who admires the Nazis and thinks about going to fight on the Russian front, and the author assigns the protagonists' parents and relatives distinct points of view as well. There's even a German soldier who expresses his beliefs via letters to his mother. While a number of these characters seem designed to occupy a position on a spectrum of possible responses and reactions, overall Levitin succeeds in illuminating a complex set of historical events. She emphasizes the groundwork necessary for the heroic rescue of the Jews more than the rescue itself; the title refers to a revealing Danish proverb, "Where there's room in the heart, there's room in the home." Readers whose interest in the Danish resistance has been piqued by such works as Lois Lowry's Number the Stars will especially welcome this large-scale novel. Ages 12-up. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects World War, 1939-1945 -- Underground movements -- Denmark -- Juvenile fiction.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Underground movements -- Denmark -- Fiction.
Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945) -- Denmark -- Fiction.
Denmark -- History -- German occupation, 1940-1945 -- Juvenile fiction.
Denmark -- History -- German occupation, 1940-1945 -- Fiction.
Publisher New York :Dutton Books,2003
Edition 1st ed.
Language English
Description 290 pages ; 22 cm
ISBN 0525468714
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