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Touch Wood by Rene Roth-Hano Touch Wood is based on the authors own life when she was growing as a Jewish girl during the German invasion of France In 1940 Rene and her family were living in Alsace France where nothing ever changed No one expected anything unusual to happen Then one day a war with Germany is announced on the radio The Germans wanted to annex Alsace and forced the Jews to leave France was split into two zones- the Free Zone and the German occupied zone Renes father chose for them to move to Paris because it is a big city where he can find work and also because Renes mother has childhood friends there So Rene her parents her two younger sisters and their blind grandmother move into a crowded apartment in the German-occupied zone Rene was disappointed in Paris when she arrived She finds that everything seems to be smaller in Paris Eventually her new neighborhood becomes more of a home and helps Rene to miss Alsace a little Renes parents had left Poland and then Hungary to find a freer better life They settled in France and thought theyd be safe Then Adolf Hitler a German man who hated Jewish people started trouble all over again First seven synagogues were blown up Then the Germans created a curfew prohibiting Jews to go during certain hours Any Jew caught in the street after curfew would be taken as hostage Also all Jewish people must wear a Star of David on their shirts An ordinance is created requiring all Jewish firms to be registered Then the Jewish are forbidden to go to most public places and they are only allowed an hour to grocery shop Suddenly their familys Jewish neighbors are being taken away one by one Renes family becomes fearful At one point they have to hide from the police Renes
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