- The Nazi Occupation, especially from the Rosens POV: you are just living your life in your home country when these racist thugs invade and take over the country: now you have to contend with the restrictions put on people of your religion and now even have to fear deportment, and eventually death.
- Lise's death when she was barely 20 and the fact that she was deliberately killed and her parents had to keep it a secret for a few years from Annemarie and Kirsti.
- Ellen's distress when the Nazis are approaching Annemarie's bedroom where she's staying over and Annemarie is trying to take off the Star of David necklace that could give her away.
- At the end Peter was executed by the Nazis and was not buried next to Lise per his request.
Tear Jerker / Number the Stars