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When Hitler stole pink rabbit - setting.

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When Hitler stole pink rabbit - setting The novel is set in Germany from 1933, before the Second World War. Anna and her family live in a large house with a maid and a cook. Set in a jovial area of Berlin, the mood from the children in the novel is cheerful and light-hearted. A snow-filled winter has just passed, but it is still cold enough to go tobogganing. The adults' mood, however, contrasts strongly. The elections draw near and it appears that Adolf Hitler will be a very strong contender. This is bad news for the Jews. They, including Anna's family, are anxious and concerned, so they decide to move to Switzerland. They stay at an inn in the mountains. Anna loves it here, she feels comfortable and at home because they speak her native language. She soon finds, however, that the school-life is much different from that in Germany: the boys and girls have separate school; the boys do not play with the girls and throwing things at someone is a sign of affection. ...read more.

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Anna and Max become a little more aware of Hitler and his beliefs when a Nazis mother forbids her children from playing with them because of their Jewish background. Another example of this is when Anna finds out Hitler is giving a reward for the capture of her father-dead or alive. Again this matures Anna and Max and their knowledge of Hitler. The hardest period of Anna's travels is when she moves to France. The lifestyle she will live in France is very different from the one she is used to. She must adapt to the lifestyle and language, which she finds difficult and emotionally straining. "When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit" by Judith Kerr is set at the beginning of Adolf Hitler's rise to power. It begins with Hitler being a candidate in the German elections. We see the escalation of Hitler's Germany from a bit of a distance and the struggles of a displaced family trying to stay out of Hitler's reach due to Anna's father's well-known Jewish writings. ...read more.

Conclusion

Hitler and his rise to power severely affects the characters in the novel. The best example of this is Anna's uncle. Onkel Julius was a Zoologist who opted to stay in Berlin as many Jews did, thinking that the insanity would not touch them. But as Hitler's power grew, the Jews' dwindled. Eventually Onkel Julius' pass to the zoo was revoked and he died soon after, apparently of a broken heart due to lack of purpose. Anna and her family are also deeply affected, although it could surprisingly be for the better. The rise of Hitler and his actions should wound the family, but they turn this around and use it to build to their relationship allowing them to see just how important family is. The setting of the novel changes dramatically as well. The atmosphere becomes more tense and overwrought. Germans are no longer happy and content - they are filled with hate and fear, jobs become scarce and Jews try and fail to flee from Hitler. ...read more.

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