Why does Papa tell Uncle Henrik about the cigarettes?
He's speaking in code; Annemarie realizes that Ellen must be the "carton of cigarettes." This means that the many cartons of cigarettes to which Papa refers might be other Jewish people. Papa uses the code to make sure no soldiers, or anyone who might report to the soldiers, can understand his conversation. This is how Annemarie's family is working to keep Ellen and her family safe.
Why didn't Ellen's parents take her with them?
This is a question that might be disturbing to some students. Papa and Mama explained to Annemarie that it would be difficult for the Johansen family to hide three people, but they...
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