The Upstairs Room Themes

Johanna Reiss
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The Desire to Live

The desire to live comes into play in the story early on. There are some Jews who don't seem to fully realize the severity of the situation they are in until it is too late for them to try and leave to try and find some place safer, such as America. Annie's father seemed to know early on that Hitler would be a torment to every Jew if possible and that they should leave, but Annie's mother didn't want to go anywhere new to start over and said that everything would be fine. There are many people in the story who are seen leaving for America and other places in order to try and stay alive. In truth some of the Jews who volunteered to go to the work camps where they were told they would be treated well were only trying to stay alive...

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