Number the Stars
by Lois Lowry
Number the Stars Prejudice Quotes
How we cite our quotes: (Chapter.Paragraph)
"It is their way of tormenting. For some reason, they want to torment Jewish people. It has happened in the other countries. They have taken their time here—have let us relax a little. But now it seems to be starting." (3.42)
This is prejudice at its worst—the beginnings of genocide.
"This morning, at the synagogue, the rabbi told his congregation that the Nazis have taken the synagogue lists of all the Jews. Where they live, what their names are. […]"
"Why? Why did they want those names?"
"They plan to arrest all the Danish Jews. They plan to take them away. And we have been told that they may come tonight." (4.64-66)
Scary, right? Based on a list of which people believe what, the Nazis are deciding whom to persecute and whom to leave alone. All the people who believe in one religion are in trouble and all those who don't are fine… for now. Doesn't get any more prejudiced than that.
Ellen's hands flew to her neck. Desperately she began trying to unhook the tiny clasp. Outside the bedroom door, the harsh voices and heavy footsteps continued.
"I can't get it open!" Ellen said frantically. "I never take it off—I can't even remember how to open it!" (5.42-43)
This passage really makes us reach for the tissues. This poor girl is frantic, placed in a nightmarish situation. Literally—we've all had that haunting dream where we just can't do whatever it is we needed to do, and Ellen is experiencing the reality. And it's all because she's Jewish.