Winter symbolizes a period of time when refugees are in danger not only from the war but also from cold and snow.
Art is used in the novel to represent the things that people value when times are difficult. The Nazis were stealing art from Jewish people across the country, claiming it as their own. Some people, like Florian, were even willing to put their lives at risk over a piece of art. Florian stole the jeweled swan from the Amber room, which Hitler loved, marking himself as a wanted man.
Trees are symbolic of neutrality, particularly in a time of war. Trees were often used as places of hiding and shelter, although they harbored no favoritism - they protected individuals on both sides of the war.
The ability of sewing to repair damaged garments symbolizes the ability of humans to recover, or mend...
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