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Touch Wood by Ren e Roth-Hano Touch WoodX is based on the authors own life when she was growing asa Jewish girl during the German invasion of France In 1940 Ren e andher family were living in Alsace France where nothing ever changed Noone expected anything unusual to happen Then one day a war withGermany is announced on the radio The Germans wanted to annex Alsaceand forced the Jews to leave France was split into two zones- the FreeZone and the German occupied zone Ren es father chose for them to moveto Paris because it is a big city where he can find work and alsobecause Ren es mother has childhood friends there So Ren e herparents her two younger sisters and their blind grandmother move intoa crowded apartment in the German-occupied zone Ren e was disappointed in Paris when she arrived She finds thateverything seems to be smaller in Paris Eventually her newneighborhood becomes more of a home and helps Ren e to miss Alsace alittle less Ren es parents had left Poland and then Hungary to find a freerbetter life They settled in France and thought theyd be safe ThenAdolf Hitler a German man who hated Jewish people started trouble allover again First seven synagogues were blown up Then the Germanscreated a curfew prohibiting Jews to go during certain hours Any Jewcaught in the street after curfew would be taken as hostage Also allJewish people must wear a Star of David on their shirts An ordinance iscreated requiring all Jewish firms to be registered Then the Jewish areforbidden to go to most public places and they are only allowed an hourto grocery shop Suddenly their familys Jewish neighbors are being taken away one byone Ren es family becomes fearful At one point they have to hidefrom the police Ren es parents decide to take action They havefriends who know Mother
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