“Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.” This quote from Franklin Douglas tells many things about how literacy gives power and how The Book Thief connects to the real world. The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak, is taken place in the time of WWII. The narrator is Death, who has an interesting perspective and view of the world during this time. He tells the story of Liesel Meminger who was a teenager during the early 1940s. Liesel faces many challenges and secrets while living on Himmel Street in Nazi Germany.
Schindler’s List (1993), directed by Stephen Spielberg, is based on the novel Shindler’s Ark by Thomas Keneally. It explores the life of Oskar Schindler during the Holocaust, a Sudeten German businessman who supported the Nazi party, but rescued over a thousand Polish-Jewish refugees from the Holocaust by giving them jobs in his factories. The stereotypical ideals we associate with members of the Nazi party are challenged by the actions of Schindler and offer a contrasting perspective on the Holocaust when compared to The Pianist. Although,
Markus Zusak’s coming-of-age, historical fiction novel, The Book Thief, tells the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster child brought to live with a family in Molching, Germany during World War II. Throughout the novel, Liesel meets many characters who show tremendous courage in the face of the circumstances they are forced to endure like Hans, Rudy, and Max. However, the courage that they exhibit is not always the kind where they run out into battle with guns blazing but something else. Hans Hubermann, Liesel’s foster father, is at first glance, an unceasingly kind, yet ordinary, man. Even Death says so when we first meet him: To most people, Hans Hubermann was barely visible.
The novel Behind the Bedroom Wall by Laura E. Williams connects to The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne. For example, in Behind the Bedroom Wall, the main character is a girl named Korinna who has once been a Nazi supporter. She later discovered that her family is harboring a Jewish family in their house. While she is against the idea at first she becomes more considerate and caring with the family. A similar kind of event transpired in The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, when the main character, Bruno, befriended a young jewish kid living in a concentration camp.
All he has on with him is a fake identity card, a copy of Mein Kempf, a map with a key inside, and what little remains of the food he was given by his friend that was keeping him in hiding. During this time, Liesel is continuing to learn new words whilst reading with her father, including her newest addition, “The Shoulder Shrug,” in which she stole from the ashes left behind from the bonfire. Liesel also spends her time in the mayor’s library, as Frau Hermann encourages Liesel’s love for literature ever since she witnessed Liesel’s thievery from the bonfire. In addition, Liesel and her best friend, Rudy, have begun to get themselves in mischief with some older kids by stealing food from different farms. As the narrator returns to Max’s storyline, he describes his journey on the train ride and his arrival to the Hubermann household.
In the texts the author and director focuses on the friendships that form and how strong they become are especially in tough situations. In ‘The Boy in the Stripped Pyjamas’, a novel by John Boyne portrays a boy, Bruno, who lives next door to the concentration camp Auschwitz, in which later on befriends a Jew, Shmuel, who lives there. Brian Percival film director of ‘The Book Thief’ follows the story of a communist girl, Liesel, who gets adopted by Hans and Rosa from a German family. Hans and Rosa are secretly hiding a sick Jew in their basement as Liesel reads to him every day in the hopes that he gets better. The two texts are both written in the perspectives of young children during World War II as we explore the types of relationships they
Viktor Emil Frankl (1905-1997), Austrian neurologist and psychiatrist, and survivor of the Holocaust, was the founder of logotherapy. After correspondence with Freud at a young age and consequently meeting him, publishing an article in Adler’s International Journal of Individual Psychology and having used the term logotherapy for the first time in a public lecture, Frankl went on to be a part of a ward for suicidal women at a psychiatric hospital and even opened his own practice. However, shortly thereafter, Hitler invaded Austria which resulted in Frankl and his family being taken to a concentration camp. (https://webspace.ship.edu/cgboer/frankl.html) It was during his experiences in the concentration camps that he gained insight into the significance of living a life of meaning. He observed that those who survived the brutality of the holocaust were often those who had a deeper sense of meaning or purpose, for example in his own case, reuniting with his wife and rewriting his manuscript that had been lost, kept him from giving up on life.
The allies begin bombing near Molching, the people on the block must take shelter. As they stay in basement, Liesel reads to them until it is safe. Max leaves and Hans is drafted into the German army. Rudy and Liesel is given a book from Rosa from Max, called ‘The World Shaker’. A story about Liesel and Max’s friendship and promise to reunite someday.
Art Spiegelman’s Maus II “A Survivor’s Tale,” is a well-known graphic novel that depicted the holocaust. Rewriting a story about the holocaust in the form of a graphic novel or comic as some might describe it, probably seemed unusual and childish. Comics and graphic novels were seen as lacking that education equivalent that people would refer to when researching or reading about that specific point in history. Having a large amount of books relating to the holocaust over the years has only made it repetitive because we are aware of Auschwitz and its terrible events. Art Spiegelman did a fantastic job in retelling the story of his father’s survival in Auschwitz.
In the Anne Frank film and play, Miep shows courage, compassion, and sacrifice during the film/play. Miep shows courage, compassion, and sacrifice.Mr.Kraler is one of their protectors, Miep is also a protector and Mr.Frank is one of the people hiding in the Secret Annex during WWII with the Van Daans and Mr.Dussel.They are all Jews and are hiding from the Nazis so they do not get sent to a concentration camp.They lived in the Secret Annex for 2 years during WWII. According to Dictionary.com, courage is “the quality of mind or spirit that enables a person to face difficulty, danger, pain, etc., without fear; bravery”.Miep shows courage because she is risking his life to help hide the Franks and Van Daans.She risks being caught and sent to a
In 1945 he and two of his sister were freed from Auschwitz. He came to write about his experience in the book Night. Night and The Book Thief by Markus Zusak are both novels that give you a look into the dark side of the Nazi German Society. Markus Zusak is a modern novelist, born June 23, 1975 in Sydney, Australia. Markus’s mother, Lisa is a native of Germany, she told him the stories of the
In the summer of 1942, German officials detained Miriam, her family, and other Jews bearing foreign passports in the infamous Pawiak Prison. Published under … “Mary Berg” in February 1945, Miriam Wattenberg 's diary was one of the very few eyewitness accounts of the Warsaw ghetto available to readers in the English-speaking world before the end of World War II. Anne Frank was one of the diaries everyone loved. Anne Frank 's diary took you to the holocaust experience with her family. Anne Frank, who wrote her diary in hiding with her family and a handful of acquaintances in an attic warehouse in Amsterdam, is the most famous child diarist of the Holocaust era.Following the war, Anne 's father, Otto Frank, the sole survivor of the group, returned to Amsterdam in the summer of 1945, where former employee Miep Gies gave him Anne 's diary and some further papers which she had found in the annex after the arrests.
The story lines come together well because when Bobby runs into a blind girl at the library named Alicia, They become friends and her dad works at the college too, So later in the book Both Bobby and Alicia’s dads come together to try to figure out Bobby’s Situation. And that’s one of the two events that work together so well. So everything was fine except for the end. I thought the end was stupid because Alicia sends Bobby a poem and Bobby prints it and goes to Alicia’s