Uncle Henrik is a kind, joyful man. He is the jolly bachelor who seems unaffected by the worries of city society. He does not care that his house is not well cleaned or kept up. As a fisherman, he leads a relaxed life close to nature. Because he has a boat, Henrik is able to play a key role in the Rosens' escape. He also helps other Jews. He plays an important role in his relationship to his niece Annemarie. Henrik's nature allows him to explain things to Annemarie in a way that her own parents are not able to. Their conversations about bravery are essential to Annemarie's recognition of her own bravery.