I will be focusing on Nazi occupation in France, specifically in Paris, and how this affected the citizens and soldiers. I want to understand how they interacted and how they dealt with, living in a war zone/fighting in a civilian zone. Were soldiers demanding and rude to the civilians, or did they ignore each other and continue living in separate worlds? Did French civilians protest what was happening? What was everyday life like and how did this change at the beginning, middle, end and after WW2?
Of course I will be looking at the social injustice Jewish people suffered but also I want to look at what happened to the disabled and homosexual people living in areas under Nazi control. I want to look at the treatment of these people from their neighbors and friends before and after Nazi control. How did this isolation inflicted upon them from the Nazis change how everyday people treated them? How did the treatment change after the war was over?
Irena Sendler was a polish woman who, using the cover a of a nurse, managed to smuggle 2,500 children out of Germany and into Poland to be put in Polish foster homes. She and 12 other woman risked their lives to help children get out of the Warsaw Ghetto. Irena realized that inside the Ghetto the children were guaranteed to die, but at least on the outside they had a chance.
I will be focusing on a vignette and why the author chose to write the novel using this style of very short brief chapters. Also I will be looking at the style of the writing, the fictional storyline with non fictional historical base. I will look more at what the author wanted to accomplish by making one of the main characters blind. Did he want a change of perspective? Or maybe he wanted his book to stand out of the thousands of WW2 books.