Hate And Intolerance In Elie Wiesel's The Book Thief

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Elie Wiesel, a Holocaust survivor, once said, “Indifference, to me, is the epitome of evil.” During the Holocaust, 6 million European Jews were murdered by Nazi Germany because of the hate and intolerance towards them. There was a great deal of hate and intolerance during the Holocaust, but there were people who were able to fight against it. In different literature and films people fought hate and intolerance during the Holocaust by giving bread to a Jew, hiding a Jew in their houses, sneaking into a death camp to help a Jewish friend, and never giving up during hard times. In the novel The Book Thief, Hans Hubermann fought against hate and intolerance by giving bread to a Jew who is being paraded down his street. There will be consequences, …show more content…

Hiding a Jew in your house was very risky because if the Nazi soldiers found out, the Jew and the family hiding the Jew would be sent to a concentration camp or killed. Carl and his mother needed to sneak onto a fishing boat to sail to safety in Sweden. So the Nazis wouldn’t catch them they had to do it at night, but there was never a full moon to help Carl and his mom find the way to the harbor. One night Anett’s papa informs her that their Jewish guests need to leave even though it was a cloudy night. Anett creates a plan that will help Carl and his mom reach the boat safely: “‘Papa, what if people stood in their doorways and used their voices to guide our friends to the boat’” (Elvgren 15). The people living in the town knew about Carl and his mom hiding in Anett’s basement and they all liked to help them. When they heard about the plan they agreed to help even though they could get caught. Many Jews were forced into hiding because of hate and intolerance, but there were people who were willing to help conceal them even though it was life

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