The Orphan's Tale: A Novel Symbols & Objects

Pam Jenoff
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Train car of babies

The train car of babies symbolizes the evil of Nazism. A train car full of Jewish babies is discovered by Noa at the train station. The fate of the babies is unknown. They may be used for anything from scientific experimentation to simply being murdered. This demonstrates the horrors and evils perpetrated by the Nazis.

Finding baby Theo

Noa’s finding of baby Theo symbolizes the theme of life lost and found. After losing her own baby boy to Lebensborn, Noa reaches out for baby Theo in the train car. Noa may have lost her own son, but now she is saving the son of another. Since Noa has lost everything, Theo now becomes everything for Noa.

Kiddush cup

A Kiddush cup symbolizes tragedy. The cup, important in Jewish religious ritual, is saved and kept by Herr Neuhoff, and is given to Astrid...

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