It's 1942. Thirteen-year-old Korinna Rehme is an active member of her local Jungmadel, a Nazi youth group, along with many of her friends. She believes that Hitler is helping Germany by instituting a program to deal with what he calls the "Jewish problem," a program that she witnesses as her Jewish neighbors are attacked and taken from their homes. Korinna's parents, however, are members of a secret underground group providing a means of escape to the Jews of their city. Korinna is shocked to discover that they are hiding a refugee family behind the wall of her bedroom. But as she comes to know the family, her sympathies begin to turn. When someone tips off the Gestapo, loyalties are put to the test and Korinna must decide what she really believes and whom she really trusts. Filled with adventure, Behind the Bedroom Wall helps readers understand the forces that drove so many to turn on their neighbors and the courage that allowed some to resist.
In conjunction with the premier of BTBW-the Musical, Laura Williams signs copies of the novel, Behind the Bedroom Wall, from which the musical was adapted.
She hates the enemy, the Jews. Her love is for her family and for the Nazi party, now in full power. Korinna readily attends her Jungmadel, or Hitler Youth Organization, meetings. The Nazi German culture in Behind the Bedroom Wall by Laura E. Williams directly affects the actions of Korinna Rehme, the main character of the book, by forcing her to attend Jungmadel meetings, making her despise Jewish people, and also making her turn in those close to her for associating themselves with Jewish people. The Fuhrer of Nazi Germany, Adolf Hitler, created the Hitler Youth Organization to train children to become Nazis at a young age. In the 1940s, it was part of the German culture for kids to join the organization, and Korinna was no exception. She attended the meetings almost every day after school. There, she would go on hikes, bake, sing songs and play music, and have all kinds fun. While she was doing this, the leaders of Jungmadel were slowly instilling in her a dislike for the Jewish people and all who cared for them. She kept a small black notebook with her at all times, in which she noted things the seemed “un-German”. She noted when her history teacher even slightly questioned Hitler’s decisions. She then reported her teacher to her Jungmadel leaders. Her teacher was sent to a work camp afterwards. Korinna even thought of reporting her parents after she found out that they were helping a Jewish family escape. Such was the way Jungmadel slowly corrupted the minds of German youths in the time of the Nazi party. The Nazi party changed the way religion was practiced in Germany completely. Korinna, being a supporter of the Nazi party, took part in this religious discrimination as
Laura E. Williams is the author of numerous books for young readers, including Slant and Behind the Bedroom Wall. Her books deal with issues that many young readers can relate in a way they can connect with the problems.
|Title: Behind the Bedroom Wall (Historical Fiction for Young Readers)|
Author(s): Laura E Williams
Publisher: Milkweed Editions
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