A Philosophinity analysis of: Jennifer Roy’s Yellow Star (2006)

This was an essay task written by me at 14 years of age (Nov 2012), reproduced below, so it should be read in that context.

Yellow Star by Jennifer Roy is a free verse novel, which delineates articulately the adversities of Jews in the midst of World War Two. The children’s novel is essentially a word-by-word recount of an interview with Jennifer Roy, and her aunt, Syvia Perlmutter. It follows Syvia’s life in a first person narrative structure. In Late 1939, Syvia Perlmutter and her relatives were exiled from their homes and taken to the Lodz Ghetto by the Nazi regime, led by tyrant leader Adolf Hitler. The book begins with when Syvia was aged four years old, and within a few pages details the deaths, blood and despondency in World War Two; particularly in the Lodz Ghetto. The ghetto was liberated the day before she turned 10: more than half her life had been lived in the ghetto. The book relates the events of those five and a half years, as an adult Sylvia recalled them years later. The title derives from the yellow badge that Syvia was forced to wear. The novel describes the nail biting moments, which Syvia endeavoured. The book ends with a glorious ending, with the Lodz Ghetto being liberated in 1945, Syvia being rescued by Russian soldiers, whilst concomitantly describing how the allied forces invaded the German war lands from Syvia’s perspective.

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