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by Johanna Reiss

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Johanna Reiss
Bantam (August 1, 1984)
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Published by Graymalkin Media.

The Upstairs Room is a 1972 Holocaust survivor autobiography by Johanna Reiss documenting her childhood in occupied Holland during the Nazi invasion. Reiss is known as Annie de Leeuw during the period of this book. The story begins in the year 1938. Annie belongs to a Jewish family and has three sisters. Now, the Holocaust has started so they have nowhere to go. Her family is in grave danger. In the story, Annie and her elder sister Sini are separated from their family.

She steer clears of generalizations and stereotypes (such as all Germans were evil ). And she avoids comparisons of pain.

Johanna Reiss was born and brought up in Holland. After she was graduated from college, she taught elementary school for several years before coming to the United States to live. Mrs. Reiss writes that soon after she had finished Tie Upstairs Room, she found "there was still something I wanted to say, something that was as meaningful to me as the story I had told in the first book, the story of a war. & The fighting has stopped'; & treaty signed,' newspapers announce at the conclusion of every war.

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Sini and Annie mostly stayed in a room upstairs to be kept safe from the German soldiers. I kept wondering what I would feel like if I was forced to sit in a room every day with only my sister and enough items for me to be able to survive. Through years of living with the Oostervelds, everyone grew closer. Opoe even said to Sini and Annie on page 178, You’re closer to me than my own family. I really enjoyed this book. It took me on a journey with each of the characters, especially Annie. On top of that, not having my mom, my older sister in danger at home, and being separated from my da. here’s no way I would be able to go through all of that without going crazy.

Электронная книга "The Journey Back: Sequel to the Newbery Honor Book The Upstairs Room", Johanna Reiss. Эту книгу можно прочитать в Google Play Книгах на компьютере, а также на устройствах Android и iOS. Выделяйте текст, добавляйте закладки и делайте заметки, скачав книгу "The Journey Back: Sequel to the Newbery Honor Book The Upstairs Room" для чтения в офлайн-режиме.

by Johanna Reiss A classic WWII survivor story based on award-winning author Johanna Reiss’s own childhood during the Holocaust

A classic WWII survivor story based on award-winning author Johanna Reiss’s own childhood during the Holocaust. When the German army occupied Holland in 1940, Annie was only eight years old. Because she was Jewish, the occupation put her in grave danger. Most people thought the war wouldn’t last long, but Annie knew that if she wanted to stay alive, she would have to go into hiding. Fortunately, a Gentile family, the Oostervelds, offered refuge to Annie and her older sister, Sini.

As presented in Johanna Reiss' novel, based on her own experiences in Holland during World War II, (HarperCollins, 1972), Annie, the young first person narrator, and her older sister must live in an upstairs bedroom belonging to a rough but sympathetic farmer and his family. Christina Moore capably uses a youthful voice to portray Annie.

  • Another true account told in first person by the young protagonist. This account, however, unlike Year of Impossible Goodbyes, does not delve into the atrocities that are committed, but more concerns itself with how the protagonist deals with having to stay in hiding for years in a small room; her thoughts, feelings, observations, and relationships with family, friends, and strangers, and with betrayal from people who she thought dear to her. This may be one account that could be shared with young ones, but sensitively. The protagonist’s strength of spirit and faith in people and the world shown in the day-in and day-out boring existence she must resolve herself to, shows how courage and love can transcend, though not erase, even the horrors of war. The book reads like a fiction novel and is sure to catch the hearts of many readers. Warning, some language may offend some readers.

  • I read this book many, many, years, ago (1975) when I was young and it moved me so much I never forgot the story or the book. My son needed a book to read for school and I felt this would be a good one for him, even though it is about girls. He is very interested in the events surrounding World War II and likes to read fiction and non-fiction about it. He read this book and it was also very emotional for him. The fact that the family did not realize the scope of the war, or how horrific it really was hit home with him. The frustration and depression of the girls was understood by a 12 year old boy (going on 40) and the fact that the Gentile family put their lives at risk to hide the girls really enforced the idea that it is sometimes difficult to do the right thing, but you do what is right no matter.

    He thinks this is a book that will stay with him, too. It stayed with me (I remembered the name of after all those years, and the story line) and I cannot say enough about it.

  • Parents can safely introduce the subject of the Holocaust with this book even when their children are in elementary school. Johanna Reiss has in precise language and an authentic voice introduced complex characters and plots. She steer clears of generalizations and stereotypes (such as “all Germans were evil”). And she avoids comparisons of pain.
    She doesn’t romanticize history by excluding dramatic intensity and confusion, two things to which adolescents easily relate; and she doesn’t overemphasize heroic tales or the worst aspects of human nature; nor imply that there were as many courageous rescuers as there were villains. The Upstairs Room reflects the turbulent times of WW II, as well as the turbulent time in an adolescent’s life.

  • A book from my childhood, now shared with my daughters. We bought several copies to give away as gifts as well. For readers 9 and up. We will give our copies to sister families, families of Dutch descent, (the sheltering family is strict Dutch Christian) and Jewish friends. Very good for exploring the sister relationship and what it means to grow up under truly challenging circumstances. I loved this book when I was young. So did my 10 year-old daughter when she read it just recently. Her 8-year-old sister still finds anything about the Holocaust too upsetting even though both sisters survive the German occupation in this book. Still, when the time is right it will be easier to start her WWII education with this book than with Anne Frank's deeply sad story.

  • This was my absolute favorite book when I was in school. I remembered the basic story, but am so glad I read it again. I still love it and am looking forward to reading the sequel; I didn't even know there was one. If you're a history buff, or like Anne Frank's story, you need to read this. You'll be glad you did.

  • The Upstairs Room is the true story of a child who was hidden from the Nazis in a room for two years by a family who understood that discovery of their deed would lead to their certain death. This young child had to remain quiet and subdue her normal impulses to run and play or even to just be outdoors on a beautiful day! She also withstood the misery of not having enough to eat or clothes to wear during frigid cold winters.

    But it is not a dark and dreary tale, because she found beauty and goodness in her surroundings as only a child could. Ms. Reiss created a heartwarming book, with such honesty and openness. We might see so much through the eyes of a child, beginning with gratitude for all that we take for granted.

  • "The Upstairs Room" is an excellent read. Told from the perspective of a young girl, this should be required reading for children of a similar age. The story introduces the Holocost in a way that young readers may especially be able to relate to.
    The protagonist, being only a child, has little understanding of the real dangers of the situation. Having forced to live through gradually worsening conditions, Anne and her sister start to get restless and reckless, especially when German soldiers move into the home they are hiding in.
    As an adult reader, I found it to be a bit simplistic, however, the author's original intended audience was her own children, so I can not find fault with this. Older readers may especially find the humanity in the supporting characters of this story to be inspiring. In addition to a tale based on the first hand account of the author, this account also reveals the courage of the family that originally took in the girls, the constant fears of the family that gambled with their own lives to kept the girls hidden, the stupid risks taken by all for what might be a frivolous desire, the scary consequences of that choice, and the pride of these "simple farmers".
    I especially liked the end of the story.

  • Great Historical Fiction based off of a true story in Johanna Reiss' childhood. It was heart wrenching, interesting, and really captures the emotions.