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Copyright date: 1986 Project by Riley Krzastek

 

Chapter One: Characters

 


Inge Aurbracher: The story starts off with her at age seven and ends with her at age ten.         she has dark brown eyes and black hair. She was born on December 31, 1934.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Marlene: This is the name of Inge's doll which she loved before it got taken away during the war. 

 

 

 

  

Regina: This is Inge's mother who stayed with and cared for Inge throughout her entire story. She grew up helping her own father with his cattle.  

 

 

 

 

 

Berthold: Inge's father owned a middle class textile buisness. He fought for Germany in WWI and his goal was to protect his daughter and wife during the war.

Chapter Two - Setting

 

 

The setting is in Germany, but more specifically, it starts out in a small town called Kippenheim where she was born. This town is close to the borders of France and Switzerland. There was around sixty Jewish families living there before the war. She later moves to Terezin when Inge gets deported in 1942. Terezin was a concentration camp in Czechoslovakia.

Chapter Three - Beginning Plot Summary

 

The book begins with a description of exactly what happens during the Holocaust. This includes a lot of pictures of her home town along with her date of birth. It sets the scene for the rest of the story to unfold.

 

Chapter Four - Middle Plot Summary

 

In the middle of the book, Inge's grandmother is sent to a concentration camp where she is never seen again. Inge and her family were saved at that moment because her father was a German soldier in WWI. This doesn't help for long because they are later sent to Terezin.  

Chapter Five - End Plot Summary

 

The end of the book includes a lot of poems and drawings along with a description of her tale as she leaves the camp with her mother and father. She can remember a young German girl insisting that Inge keeps her doll so that she won't be alone.  

Chapter Six - My Opinion

 

I liked the story, I just wished it went into more detail about the characters and how they reacted to certain things instead of just stating what happened. I'm personally not a huge fan of storys being retold from their current position instead of the position that they were in. In other words, I would have liked the story better if it was in first person instead of third-person limited. Inge definetly had a story to tell, and I appreciate why she did it. Especially since she mentions two unamed people who helped her once; one even asked for her to remember him, and this is the perfect way. 

 

 

Chapter Seven - Recommendation

  

 

 

 

I wouldn't reccomend this story simply because it tended to drag and didn't really have any interesting character development. I gave "I am A Star" Three out of five stars for a few reasons. It earned one star because of the use of poetry and drawings that Inge had made as a child, but she also lost a star because these poems and drawings told the story better than the actual passages. The other two stars were given because it is a great short read, but it's not something that you really remember which is why it is minus two stars. 

Chapter Eight - Srebenica Genocide 

 

 It is also known as the Bosinian War and it began in 1991. When the Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovnia got their independence from Yugoslavia in 1992, they both began fighting. The war was drawn to a close when a NATO bombing campeign forced them to discuss a peace agreement which was later named the Dayton Accords in 1995.

Chapter Eight - Srebenica Genocide 

 

There were around 100,000 casualties along with over two million people removed from their homes. 8,000 people were killed during the Srebenica Genocide in Bosnia, It was sometimes known as the largest massacre in Europe after the Holocaust.

 

Glossary 

 United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, n.d. Web. 23 Apr. 2017.

 

"The Bosnian War and Srebrenica Genocide." United to End Genocide. N.p., n.d. Web. 23 Apr. 2017.