At her foster parent’s house, her foster father, Hans, begins to teach her to read. Then, we get to know that Liesel isn’t really aware of what it means to be living in Nazi Germany. The book burning was organized by the Nazis to celebrate Adolph Hitler’s birthday on April 20, 1940. She hears a Nazi spokesman calling for death to the communists as well as Jews, and she remembers when her father was accused of being a communist. She realizes this may be the reason behind her father’s disappearance, her brother’s death, and her mother’s recent disappearance.
The lowest race on the pyramid was the Jews. Not long after taking control Hitler started rounding up the Jews in Germany and putting them in Ghettos to live. The Ghettos were walled areas with many houses that the Jews were sent to. The Ghettos had guards around it twenty-four seven and the Jews were restricted to when and if they could leave. Hitler then invaded Poland to achieve his lebensraum (Living Space).
“Here is a small fact: You are going to die”(Zusak 3). The Book Thief, a historical fiction book by Markus Zusak, is narrated by Death. The novel takes place during the 1930’s and 40’s in Nazi Germany and follows 9 year old Liesel Meminger, who death refers to as “The Book Thief.” After her father, mother, and then brother are killed, Liesel becomes an orphan and is taken in by Hans and Rosa Hubermann in Molching. Throughout the book, she meets many people including the Mayor’s wife, Isla Hermann, and Max Vandenburg, a Jew who is hiding from the Nazi’s in the Hubermann’s basement. Although Liesel’s life is filled with death and loss, she ends up surviving an air raid on her street and after the war, she is reunited with Max who survived the Nazi death camp.
They were discovered in 1944 and arrested. Anne was sent to a concentration camp, where she died the following year. Her famous diary of the two years she spent in hiding was later found in the room where she and her family had lived. Anne’s father, Otto, had taken the family to Amsterdam, where he had established a small food products business. When Germany invaded The Netherlands in 1940, the Franks once again became subject to escalating anti-Semitic persecution.
This uproar started when a seventeen-year-old Polish Jew named Henry Grynszpan walked up and shot an embassy official, Ernest Von Rath, after he was not able to free his family from Germany. This act gave Hitler the excuse to turn Gentile against Jew and inflame a h... ... middle of paper ... ...enachem. “Pinchas Tibor Rosenbaum.” The European Jewish Times Sept. 2004:1. “How many people died at Auschwitz?” The Nizkor Project. http://www.nizkor.org/faqs/auschwitz/auschwitz-faq-09.html “Prayers and Blessings.” Judaism 101.
So, you thought you knew Goldilocks, huh? Well, did you know Hansel from “Hansel and Gretel” is Goldilocks brother? That’s right. Goldilocks is really Gretel. Here’s what happened; After Hansel and Gretel killed the witch who had kidnapped them for months and forced them to eat food nonstop, they decided to run away, but they didn’t want anyone to connect them to the murder they had to commit here.
The true genocide, or race killing, began when Jews were collected up and sent to concentration or work camps. It was in these camps that they would be tortured, murdered, or worked like slaves. As World War 2 neared its end, Hitler put into act what he called the Final Solution, a last ditch effort to eliminate Judism in Europe, in which he killed over six million of them. Anne Frank was a thirteen year old Jewish girl who was forced into hiding in 1942. Her family and another family, the Van Daans, hid in the back of her father, Otto Frank's office building in what they called the "Secret Annex" for the next two years, until they were discovered by a Nazi group called the Gestapo and arrested.
During World War II, there were special camps for the Jewish where “prisoners were regularly beaten and starved, and several were murdered” (Tucker). The Nazis considered the Jewish inferior so they treated them poorly. This is similar to the treatment the plague victims receive from the military government in Legend. Those diagnosed with the plague are required to stay in their homes along with their family members, and when soldiers see a plague victim walking down the street, they shoot her simply because of the infection (Lu 5). Plague victims in the Republic parallel the treatment the Jews in Germany, genetically inferior.
She rescues Jewish books from Nazi book- burnings and steals from the mayor’s library. Liesel is illiterate when she steals her first book, but Hans Hubermann uses her prized books to teach her to read. In the end, Liesel marries Max and moves to Australia. She has several children and grandchildren. Liesel eventually dies in Sydney.
Liesel boldly steals her second book and commits her first act of defiance against the Nazis by stealing a banned book in public. Leisel’s love for books evolves from mourning over h... ... middle of paper ... ...d simply surviving was is an act of resistance against Nazi Germany. Max idealize take possession of his life. The events of the holocaust impacted the lives of many throughout Germany. The Book Thief demonstrates human need for feeling powerful and the lengths people will go to obtain it.