The 2013 film The Book Thief directed by Brian Percival is based Markus Zusak’s 2005 novel. The film, set during World War II in Germany, follows the story of 11-year-old Liesel Memminger. Liesel’s mother is forced to give up Liesel for adoption because she is a Communist and Liesel then goes to live with her adoptive parents Hans and Rosa Hubermann in Molching, Germany. On the train ride to her new parents’ house, Liesel’s younger brother Werner passes away. This is when we become aware of the narrator of the film, who is Death.
In the novel, Madame Schachter has visions of something terrible happening while on the train to Auschwitz as she exclaimed how she sees fire and flames. This foreshadowing technique evokes distress and worry among readers. Moreover, the novel contains lots of irony which carries various feelings throughout the book. For instance, Wiesel writes how when his train arrived in Auschwitz, all of the Jewish families celebrated. He continues by proposing various false descriptions contrasting from the incoming reality.
Nine years old, alone, suffering from the death of her brother, Liesel has been separated from her mother and left at 33 Kimmel Street in Molching to live with Hans and Rosa Hubermann. In this book narrated by Death himself Liesel is made fun of at school because she is unable to read. Early on Liesel realizes that she is powerless without words and this is one of the things that drives her throughout the book to never be powerless… wordless. Liesel has nightmares when she is first living at Himmel Street and she has to be sat with by Hans through the night. Liesel is happy and content living on Himmel Street and she becomes good friends with a guy named Rudy Steiner that is always trying to kiss her.
In a clip from the movie The Book Thief, a certain scene went on with profound evidence, “A German officer came up to a Jewish family’s home, and he started to bang on the door, the Jewish family opened the door and the German officer said, “I can only take one.” The Jewish boy named Max was sent by his mother and he grabbed the passport and ran” (The Book Thief). In the book Diary of Anne Frank it states, “For the first time there were widespread expressions of guilt and shame for what Germans had done to the Jews only a few years before” (Frank). The website United States Holocaust Memorial Museum it shows, “In late 1940 and early 1941, just months before the Germans initiated the mass murder of Jews in the Soviet Union, some 2,100 Polish Jews found temporary safe haven in Lithuania. Few of these refugees could have reached permanent safety without the tireless efforts of many individuals” (USHMM). This explains that some Germans soldiers put their life on the way to go against Hitler to save people’s lives.
Rosa Hubermann, a dynamic character in The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, who unexpectedly displays great courage. To begin, Rosa takes Max in and treats him equivalent to a son. However, Rosa is not just taking in any normal person, she is taking in a Jew in the time of Nazi Germany. To describe the feeling Death says, "Imagine smiling after a slap in the face. Then think of doing it twenty-four hours a day.
He is Jewish, but he wants to go deeper into his religion and learn more about it. He becomes good friends with a man named Moishe the Beadle. Moishe is very knowledgeable about the religion and he teaches Eliezer a lot. Times passes, and soon Jews are being forced to move into ghettos. The ghettos are where they are to stay until they are evacuated from their towns to go somewhere else.
Family is one of the themes displayed in this story. From the beginning of the novel, Vladek is seen enjoying his wife and the birth of his son. His wife, who is experiencing post-partum depression, takes a visit with Vladek to the sanitarium to help her recover. However, during the journey he tries to hide away the Nazi party from his wife to leave her with no worries by saying “The sanitarium was far away from everything-so peaceful, so quiet” (Spiegelman 36). Vladek is soon drafted to the Polish army.
He also wanted to tell the reader about his life as a Jew in a concentration camp and the horrors he faced. He wanted us to think about what we would have done in his place and what forgiveness means to us. After he published his book, he asked certain people to respond to the story and what they would have done in his place. Some people are Jews, some are Christians, some are young, some older, some were even part of the war. Everyone who wrote an essay was different from the rest in some way, but they all had one connection, Simon.
Amid the Franks’ early life during the Holocaust and the constant discrimination, Otto Frank made a secret annex, an extra, smaller building that is connected to another building, outside the back of his business complex. There was always the chance that the Franks might have had to go into hiding, so Otto was taking precautions. However, when Margot received a letter that called her to Nazi, Germany to enter a labor camp, the decision was solidified. Due to the family hiding for 25 months, and Anne Frank writing a diary during this time, the Frank family made a very large and lasting impact on the
The poem Refugee Blues is written by Wilfred H Auden in 1939 who moved to Germany in the late 1920’s and observed Hitler 's rise to power. Refugee blues is in reference to the abuse of human rights and the suffering, despair and isolation that all refugees experience during their journey of survival. The refugees in this case were the Jews. The poem is written as a conversation between two people, possibly a husband sharing his thoughts to his wife. Despair is first shown in the structure of the poem.
There were two trains so one was for men and the other was for women. The women’s train accidentally went to Auschwitz concentration camp in Poland. Oskar Schindeler found out and he went from Czechoslovakia to Poland to get the women and to save Mrs. Lejzon and Pesza. On many occasions Oskar Schindeler saved most of the Lejzon family from certain death by giving them jobs, food, heat, and many more things to keep them alive and together. Oskar Schindeler was a true hero to many more families along with the Lejzon’s.
There were several characters that became part of Elie’s journey in the book; Shlomo, Moishe the Beadle, Idek, Dr. Josef Mengele, and so on. Shlomo, his father, is present throughout most of the book. He is highly respected by the Jewish community of Sighet, especially by his son. Alongside Elie, they try to remain together throughout their time at the concentration camp. Elie gains a will to survive for his father, for example on pages 75-76, when his father does not pass the selection he states “How good would it be to die right here!” This example shows how he is almost the center of Elie’s survival.
Elie Wiesel is not only a Jewish author, he is much more. He is a journalist, human rights activist, a Holocaust survivor, and a Nobel Peace Prize winner. He was born September 30, 1928 in Sighet, Transylvania, being the only boy in the family and having three sisters. Elie, at 15, and his family were forced, to relocate to a Nazi death camp during WWII. In 1945 he and two of his sister were freed from Auschwitz.
Death, our narrator, tells the story of Liesel Meminger. We begin with her at age nine, right after losing both her mother and brother. Liesel goes to live with foster parents Hans and Rosa Hubermann in Molching, Germany. When Liesel arrives, she is made of fun in school for not being able to read. She feels powerless, so Hans teaches her how to read at night in their basement, reading from a book Liesel stole from her brother 's funeral: The Grave Digger 's Handbook.
This is where the histories first begin to intersect, as the Nazis first begin to invade the towns. After this point, the histories tend to stay together through Vladek and his family experiencing the war. Though, the story tends to diverge as the Spiegelman’s migrate to America after the war (Marcuse, “Reading