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Annemarie's Journal

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FC: Annemarie's Journal Number the Stars Devon #13

1: April 16, 1943 Dear Journal, Hi, my name is Annemarie. I live with soldiers watching my every move, I will say it does put a lot of stress on me and my mother. Now that the soldiers are around during the war we can only eat bread, we do not even have butter. My mother and my best friend Ellen's mother have coffee quite often. But we are not allowed to drink coffee or tea so they put boiling water in a mug and they put herbs in it to make it like tea. I had a really stressful day, every Friday after school Ellen and I have a race to the end of the block. There was a soldier at the end of the block and right before we got to the lamp post he stopped us, my little sister Kirsti thought I was brave but to tell the truth I was terrified my heart was racing. I thought we were going to land at the face of the king but surprisingly he let us off with a warning, I wonder if he is allowed to do that. Then when I told Kirsti not to tell our mother she ran up to the apartment before me and told her all about it. I tried to explain it to her but she kept that worried face the whole time, later on in the night I tucked Kirsti into bed and told her a story. When she fell asleep I walked over to my room and wished myself luck because I was sure I would have to face a consequence after the incident today. Annemarie

2: April 17, 1943 Dear Journal, After I told Kirsti the story of the king and queen, I got up and tip toed to my room as I lay in bed I looked at the ceiling. I was thinking about when Lise died right before her wedding. The night it all happened I was wondering, if anyone like me could live a perfect life like the king and queen. I was aching for something to eat but all be had was bread and I have to share it with Kirsti, besides I do not like bread without butter. I was gazing at the ceiling as it grew harder to keep my eyes open. I was still thinking about Kirsti and Lise. Annemarie

3: April 18, 1943 Dear Journal, When I woke up I felt so ashamed and felt like I should have worked harder and done better in life, to help my mother. I rolled over and thought that I should have been there more often for Kirsti. I rolled onto my back and thought about Lise and how much I miss her and why she had to die on her wedding day. I also thought about my mother and how much pressure Kirsti and I are putting on her, she has done so much work. I felt like I just wanted to go back to sleep, I rolled onto my right side and started to doze off again because it was 4:00 in the morning, but the second before I fell asleep I thought of my dad. Annemarie

4: April 18, 1943 Dear Journal, When I woke up I felt so ashamed and felt like I should have worked harder and done better in life, to help my mother. I rolled over and thought that I should have been there more often for Kirsti. I rolled onto my back and thought about Lise and how much I miss her and why she had to die on her wedding day. I also thought about my mother and how much pressure Kirsti and I are putting on her, she has done so much work. I felt like I just wanted to go back to sleep, I rolled onto my right side and started to doze off again because it was 4:00 in the morning, but the second before I fell asleep I thought of my dad. Annemarie

5: April 20, 1943 Dear Journal, Today Mama told me that Ellen is going to come and stay with us. I was excited but also puzzled when she got here, I said what happened where are your parents, and why are you staying with us? When I said that she broke out in tears I looked up at Papa and he said “ Ellen is staying with us because she is in trouble, the soldiers are trying to find all the jews and take them away, that is why the button shop closed. So Ellen will be staying with us for a while.” “ What about Ellen’s Mama and Papa?!” I said. “ They will be fine they are hiding somewhere else we can’t hide a whole family because if the soldiers came it would be obvious. I was very worried and in the middle of the night the soldiers barged in. Mama walked to the door and asked why they were here. I got up and tiptoed to the door and slowly opened it a crack so we could hear them. Mama politely asked if the soldiers could keep it down so they didn’t wake us or Kirsti up. Though they ignored her and carried on with asking them questions. They walked over to our door and asked what was in there and my heart was beating and I remembered if the soldiers come in they will be looking for the jews and they would see Ellen’s necklace with the Star of David on it. I looked over at her and whispered “ your necklace take it off if the soldiers see it they will take you away.” She looked down at it and said “ oh yeah” she reached back behind her long brown hair and tried to undo the latch, “ I can’t, I don’t know how to get the latch open” she whispered. I leaned over to her and tried to get it but I couldn’t “ okay I can’t get it so cover your mouth and try not to scream this is going to hurt.” I grabbed the golden star and with all my might I yanked it has hard as I could and it snapped off. I could hear the soldiers foot steps towards the door and it swung open, all they said was get up and they pushed us l into the living room we walked towards the tall lamp and stood there. I noticed that I was still holding Ellens star and the soldiers were talking to Mama and Papa, but one of the soldiers glanced over at Ellen and said “ why does this one have brown hair” in a stern voice. Ellen looked frightened, Papa walked over and said she was born like that and the soldier wanted proof. Papa walked over to the tall brown bookshelf in the corner of the living room and pulled out a picture album and found a picture of my sister Lise and said this is her. The soldier grabbed the photo and said fine and tore it threw it on the ground turned around and walked out. I finally let go of the star and saw the it had imprinted on my hand the Star of David. Annemarie

6: April 21,1943 Dear Journal, When Mama didn't come home that night after non existing Great Aunt Bertie died and all the clothes and blankets were in the coffin. I got really worried. I woke up in the early morning and saw her out on the path, she was laying on the ground. I ran downstairs and grabbed my shoes, ran outside. When I got to her she was almost unconscious, when yelled to ask if she was okay, she slightly picked up her head, and said " I am afraid I have broken my ankle." I was of course worried but I stayed calm and I helped her up, she stumbled her way to the house. We had to take breaks but we got there, when she was at the step, she saw one of the white packages on the ground, and said what was in it was really important and I had to get it to the boat so I grabbed a basket and ran as fast as my legs could carry me. Annemarie

7: April 22,1943 Dear Journal That Was Lost, I found this journal in the bottom of a hole under a rock a lake. I read the other entries that this girl Annemarie wrote, she seems to have a really hard life and so does her best friend Ellen. I feel so bad for her sister Lise that she died on her wedding day. She must be so brave to go through that and her mother sounds amazing.

11: "Happiness is like a butterfly which, when pursued, is always beyond our grasp, but, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you." NATHANIEL HAWTHORNE

16: "Children are a wonderful gift. They have an extraordinary capacity to see into the heart of things and to expose sham and humbug for what they are." DESMOND TUTU

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