How could she forgive them? Their shared goal was to speak for those who had died and to warn that what happened in Germany could happen in any nation "where people hate those who are different. She did not believe that it was up to her to forgive, that if it were possible it "would be up to the six million who were murdered.
He eagerly participated in youth rallies, and was chosen to lead groups of young boys into war.
Why do you think that the author chose to tell these stories together? For ten years, they visited schools, synagogues and churches together to share their experiences of Nazi Germany.
When Helen took Dora to live with her, Dora had a difficult time adjusting to living with her mother. Do you think that you would have the courage to risk your own life to save others? Yet many Germans still supported Parallel jouneys, even when it was clear Jewish people would not be allowed to live and work as they had in the past.
Conflict One major conflict presented in the book is the conflict between non-Jewish Germans and European Jews. The Angel of Death, prisoners called him. While Helen was in concentration camps, Dora had been safe and happy living with another couple.
After returning to Amsterdam, Helen found her daughter, Dora. She was extremely weak and ill by the time Russian troops finally reached Kratzau to free her and the other survivors. After a difficult journey, Helen eventually managed to return to Amsterdam, where she was reunited with her daughter.
With a simple movement of his hand he sent, Mengele doomed thousands of Jews to die.
For this reason, I have given this book a 4, rather than a 5. As Heck grew up as a member of the Hitler youth he had realized from an early age that Jews had been treated badly through the events of The Parallel jouneys. Helen Waterford was already a young woman, married with a child, when she went into hiding in Amsterdam because she was Jewish.
They could not understand why she did not hate all Germans and asked her what did she expect to gain by not hating them. Why do you think that Alfons and Helen believe so strongly that people should never forget what happened?
He was then arrested by American soldiers and eventually released. Do the first-person accounts help you better understand how these people felt about what they were going through? What does one gain by reading one chapter about Alfons followed by one about Helen, instead of reading their stories apart?
Helen encountered hostile Jewish audiences, who felt that her association with Heck an admitted former Hitler Youth fanatic dishonored the memories of those murdered during the Holocaust.
I want to build peace not feed the flames of never ending destruction" Helen contacted Alfons, they discussed their parallel journeys and gave lectures on their different viewpoints of the war and the Holocaust. Fortunately, Helen and Siegfried were able to find a home for Doris with another family to spare her the terror of the camp.
Helen Waterford had remained in good health while being in custody at the concentration camps and was able to avoid being sent to death by the Nazi officials at the concentration camp.The book Parallel Journeys by Eleanor H.
Ayer, Helen Waterford, and Alfons Heck is about World War Two and how it impacted a young Jewish girl and a young German boy’s life. In the beginning, It starts with Alfons Heck a young German who got brain-washed by Hitler's army to join/5(56).
The story Parallel Journeys by Eleanor Ayer takes place telling the true events that two people experienced during The Holocaust in World War II - Parallel Jouneys introduction. Alfons Heck was a German boy who was recruited to the Hitler youth when he was only ten years old.
As Helen Waterford was a young Jewish. Parallel Journeys Questions and Answers The Question and Answer sections of our study guides are a great resource to ask questions, find answers, and discuss literature.
Home Parallel Journeys Q & A. Jan 24, · Chapter 1: The book starts out with Alfons Heck being introduced. He lived with his grandparents on a farm in Rhineland, Germany.
When the first plan to destroy Jews was activated, Heck soon knew his friend didn’t go to school because his friend was a Jew.
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She was a young German Jew.
He was an ardent member of the Hitler Youth. This is the story of their parallel journey through World War II. Helen Waterford and Alfons Heck were born just a few miles from each other in the German Rhineland/5(89).Download