Endurance of Life

Presentation by: Mya Gardner, Brittney Clark, Andrew Morrow

Parallel Journeys

Point of View: The point of view was a mixture of 1st and 3rd person.


1st person- "I was raised near the Mosel in one of the most enchanting valleys in Germany by a grandmother who adored me (pg. 2) ."

3rd person- "He was one of the millions of German children who were Adolf Hitler's Master Race (Pg. 2). "


Helen-  In the beginning of the story Helen knew that discrimination was all around her.She went through many trails and tribulations and still was able to stay positive as when she was younger.In the end she grew into a strong women. She didn't hold any grudges against the people that were the cause of the Holocaust. She even went on to tell her story to others that were interested.

Alfons- In the beginning of the story, Alfons was an avid supporter of the Hitler Youth. He wanted to at some point become top ranking while standing by Hitler. Even when told of the horrors that were the Holocaust he and others still refused to believe what they were told. He thought of Hitler has his father and he wasn't aware of what was really going on behind the scenes. Near the end he became aware of what was really happening.

Copy Edit Decisions

In this book the author decided that instead of sticking to one point of view she would give you a bit of insight on both stories. Eleanor Ayer switched between Helen Waterford and Alfons while retelling their stories. As events were happening Eleanor switched back and forth during the same events so that you could see the difference between both views. By using this tactic you were able to see not only the different experience but also the different emotions, thoughts, and beliefs. If Eleanor were to do half the book from one perspective and the other half from another, you wouldn't be able to compare and contrast the events that happened during the same time or you may have had a stronger opinion on one person because of their experience instead of the other since you didn't get a chance to hear what they had to say right away.


Helen suffered

Alfons was apart of the Hitler Youth

She was discriminated against

He was a leader at 17

She wanted to leave

They wouldn’t let her

He came to a realization

She already knew

While he was under the the influence basically intoxicated

unaware of his surroundings

he would be disgusted by what he would see if he was sober

But she went through it all Sober and able to feel all the pain that came with it

She suffered

But he didn’t know wrong from right

under the influence that "Mother knows best”

But when he sobered up he came to the realization

Something she already knew

All I can honestly say is they were both disgusted

by what one had to go though

The pain

The suffering

The basic slavery

But this event will forever bind them

It will forever linger in their minds

the two different journeys

that happened at the same time

Group Thoughts

All in all, our group thought the book was a great way to gain insight into the lives of people during the Holocaust. The book's decision of providing two perspectives was a great choice, and we also liked the fact that it was side by side the whole time. You got to see what each character was experiencing at a certain point on the timeline. Another thing our group thought was amazing was the fact that it included portions from each of their autobiographies. Doing this also helped us get a feel of what the two characters were feeling during the time. In conclusion it was well-written and it gave great look into both sides of the story with the help of dual perspectives and including parts of their autobiographies.

Holodomor Genocide

One: Classification

Ukraine’s independent farmers and their Families

Two: Symbolization

Independent farmers who resisted collectivization and the most successful were called "kulaks"

Three: Dehumanization

The Soviet Union called Ukraine farmers “enemies of the people.” It was forbidden by law for anyone to aid dispossessed Kulak families

Four: Organization

Farmers and their families were kicked out of their homes and forced into camps. Stalins secret police went to work putting out campaigns of terror to break the peoples will they also terrorized the unwilling farmers.

Five: Polarization

GPU squads systematically attacked and killed uncooperative farmers.

Six: Preparation

Some families were deported to Central Asia and had their land taken

The Soviets cut off the border of Ukraine so that food could not be transported and anyone with food was shot or sentenced to a minimum of ten years

“By mid 1932, nearly 75 percent of the farms in the Ukraine had been forcibly collectivized. On Stalin's orders, mandatory quotas of foodstuffs to be shipped out to the Soviet Union were drastically increased in August, October and again in January 1933, until there was simply no food remaining to feed the people of the Ukraine.”

Seven: Extermination

Food quotas increased and food began to become scarce. More by more, people began to run out of food and die of starvation, disease, or were killed.

Eight: Denial

In Ukraine it was considered a crime to mention, teach about, or to discuss the Ukrainian Genocide. The Soviet denied that it ever existed or that they had any part in creating it.


I barely know how I survived. Through the year of 1932 to the year 1933 many people died including all four of my baby sisters. The Soviet Government didn't necessarily approve of us farmers. So they increased all farmer quotas to the near impossible to meet. It was so tough,we didn't make ends meet most of the time so that meant people starved. Death was to those who were found taking stalk or even the littlest bit of food from what we grew. It was ridiculous we couldn't even eat what we worked so hard to grow. The government set soldiers outside of villages so they couldn't get food. So what was really happening? At the time we didn't know the true reality of things. Almost 30,000 children a day died it was sad that people could actually do these things. 4 million in total. It was so hard as you could tell I was now almost all skin and bones. The other country’s saved us per say all because they wouldn't buy goods (which is what the Soviet union depended on) because someone had told them what went on inside of our country and who ever that was I thank them because if it wasn't for them I probably wouldn't have made it another year. Who would have thought an now 11 year old could survive.


Group's Idea- We thought an internet ad would be the appropriate form of getting our group's message out. The purpose of this ad is to help increase awareness about genocides and urge people to help prevent/stop them. Our ad contains a picture of the Holodomor Genocide, showing what the people affected by it look like. The picture will have a caption that shows our message.

Increase awareness of genocides around the world, so this doesn't happen again.

Works Cited

     Brandenburg, Matthea. "The Famine Remembered: Lessons from Ukraine’s Holodomor and Soviet Communism." Blog.acton.org. N.p., 19 Sept. 2014. Web. 18 Mar. 2015.

      Kuryliw, Valentina. "The Ukrainian Genocide." The Ukrainian Genocide. N.p., n.d. Web. 18 Mar. 2015.

       "The History Place - Genocide in the 20th Century: Stalin's Forced Famine 1932-33." The History Place - Genocide in the 20th Century: Stalin's Forced Famine 1932-33. N.p., n.d. Web. 08 Mar. 2015.

      "Holodomor Facts and History:." Ukrainian 'Holodomor' (man-made Famine) Facts and History. N.p., n.d. Web. 07 Mar. 2015.

        Ayer, Eleanor H., Helen Waterford, and Alfons Heck. Parallel Journeys. New York: Aladdin Paperbacks, 2000. Print.

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