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In the book if i should die before I wake the author Han Nolan portrays Chana to be a very strong person emotionally Chanas strength is shown throughout the book from losing her family one by one to the consequences dealing with escaping Lodz Chana lost her father first he was shot by Nazis16-18 Next Chanas little sister Nadzia left the family to live with non-Jews43-44 In the ghetto Zade died of old age and malnutrition8990 Anna and her mother were next they were taken to concentration camps137-140 Jakub was the last person she and Bubbe saw before they tried to escape from Lodz to Germany154-156 Chana and Bubbe escaped Lodz only to be jailed tortured and sent to concentration camps Only a strong willed person could mentally and emotionally endure such tragedy and horror as Chana did Chanas character was also very caring and compassionate towards others Although she was miserable in the concentration camps she was respectful towards the other inmates220-221 Another example of this was when she was living in the ghetto with the Krengiels It took all her strength to be nice to them and inspite of her kindness they were hostile to Chana and her family80-83 A noticeable trait shown in Chana as her character developed throughout the book was her religious and spiritual self In the beginning it was only her grandmother Bubbe who had total faith in God and who tried to encourage Chana to have faith also Chana did not believe Bubbe she thought that God was not on her side and that he was nowhere34196 She resented God until she looked into the eyes of her shvester and then felt ashamed of her anger with God236 Towards the end of the book she prays to make Matel well253 Next she puts on a Jewish ritual ceremony to thank God officially by the request of Matel254 This shows that Chanas faith in God had developed throughout the
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