Tuesday, September 7, 2010

"Youth in an Austrian Town"

This story felt almost like a long poem, because of how beautifully it was written. It was interesting how the author described the town before the war and as war comes along, everything begins to die off. the children are out digging graves, they can't go to school anymore. Their clothes have turned to rags. Most of the books i have read on World War Two, are from an adults point of view and mostly focus on some heroic thing they did. So it is a nice change to get to view things at home from a child's perspective. The children are happy, playing ,and laughing. But then the war brakes out. I can imagine most children had no idea what was going on just that something terrible was happening. here is a line from the story that I find to be quite haunting: "They are aloud to forget their Latin and learn to distinguish between the sounds of the engines in the sky." I can't even imagine how terrifying that would be! Sitting around wondering if you are still going to be alive in five minutes!

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