|I. In March of 1944 the Nazis took over
Hungary. If you were a Jewish child in that place
at that time you would not be allowed to:ib
Own or listen to a radio
___ Ride a bicycle
___ Go to school
___ Talk to a non-Jew in public
___ Walk outside with your parents after 7:00 pm
Rank order these from the restriction you would
find most difficult to least difficult.
Use as many words as you can in one
sentence to describe what life in Hungary would
be like for a Jewish child in 1944. (Add other
words as needed)
Hungary, ancient, Nazi, invaded, rumors, Jews,
unimportant, shopkeepers, threatened, ally,
broadcast, overturned, confusion, orders, obeyed,
previously, mistake, punishment, bicycle,
celebrate, separated, fearful, gendarmes,
bayonet, terrified, courtyard, ghetto,
|III. Sentence Starters:
Write for five minutes on the one you
choose, Share orally with a small group.
A. Having four sisters and one brother...
B. Rumors can be alarming when...
C. Discrimination means...
D. Reasons not to celebrate a birthday...
CHAPTER SUMMARIES AND ACTIVITIES:
In March 1944 Isabella's family hears
rumors of persecution of the Jews by the Nazis
but all seems quiet in her small town until
Sanyi, a friend, arrives with news that the
Germans have invaded Budapest.
Create a dialogue between Sanyi and Isabella. How
will she reply?
S: Let me in! Let me in, please!
S: The Germans invaded Budapest yesterday. They
are seizing all the Jews.
S: I was in the library when Nazis with guns
S: I escaped through an open window. Please hide
me until sunset. I'll be gone after dark.
S: Your family must leave now while you can.
|Chapters Two and Three:
Many restrictions are placed on all Jews
in Hungary. Finally they are sent to the ghetto,
marched from the ghetto to a cattle car and
travel by train for two days to Auschwitz with no
food or water. Describe the ghetto in a five
The ghetto is:
It sounds like:
It tastes like:
It smells like:
It looks like:
It made Isabella feel like:
At Auschwitz, the German doctor, Josel
Mengele, separates the weak from the strong.
Isabella and her older sisters are separated from
her mother and baby sister. Their hair is cut
off. Philip tells Isabella they must eat to
Isabella shows many feelings in these first four
chapters. Choose four different feelings and
explain when Isabella had that feeling and why.
Thousands are put to death in the camp.
Others look like walking skeletons. Prisoners are
shot for little or no reason. A message on a
carved piece of wood comes from Philip: "You
must live. You simply must. I love you."
Create a message Isabella might send in reply.
Send the message in a code you devise.
Late in 1944 the girls are forced on a
three week death march. They escape in a blizzard
and take shelter in an empty house. They then see
Russian tanks and trucks on the road.Describe
Isabella in a bio-poem:
Who would like to
The girls make their way to a railroad
station and a train that takes them out of
Germany. With help they finally arrive in America
and a bitter-sweet reunion with their father.
Hitler's "Big Lie" was that the Jews
caused Germany's unemployment problems. He put to
death nearly six million Jewish people. This was
called the Holocaust.Create a time line of events
that led to the Holocaust.