After the Battle of the Bulge in December 1944, he was captured by the Germans and taken to Dresden, roughly a month before it was firebombed. Vonnegut only survived because he was in an underground meat locker at the time of the attack. (“Kurt,” Biography.com). After the war, he knew he wanted to write about this experience that so few others could ever experience. Vonnegut soon realized that if
Eventually, the American prisoners were taken to Dresden where they were forced to stay in buildings that had previously been used as slaughterhouses. It was meant to be a punishment, however, this punishment ultimately became beneficial because when the bombing of Dresden began, the meat lockers in the slaughterhouses offered the people shelter. The only people in Slaughterhouse Five, the slaughterhouse Billy Pilgrim was staying in, were “the Americans and four of their guards and a few dressed carcasses... and nobody else. The rest of the guards had, before the raid began, gone to the comforts of their own homes in Dresden. They were all being killed with their families” (Vonnegut 79).
The story is narrated by Death, starting with when she first catches him take away her young brother’s souls. During the burial, she manages to “steal” her first ever book, thus justifying the title ‘The Book Thief’. The story furthers into Liesel meeting her new foster parents, Rosa and Hans Hubermann, as her own “kommunist” mother is unable to sustain her children. She soon befriends her neighbour, Rudy Steiner, her only true and best friend in the new city. Liesel also forms a special bond with her father, Hans, who despite his own poor ability to read and write starts giving midnight lessons to Liesel.
The two main leading parties were the SA and the SS. The SA’s were formerly called Stormtroopers and the SS were like Hitler’s personal bodyguards (Steele 6). The Holocaust is a time in history when millions of people were persecuted in Europe by being sent to live in ghettos and eventually being deported to concentration camps where they were systematically annihilated until the Allied forces liberated the remaining survivors. The Ghettos were worn and run down buildings all sectioned off so that the Jews inside did not make outside contact with the rest of the population. The ghettos were usually comprised of old stores and apartments, but they were only meant for temporary purposes.
What Killed Edgar Allen Poe? Edgar Allen Poe was an American mystery writer, he lived a very short and depressing life. He was born on January 19, 1809 but his unfair life began after that. When Edgar was three years old, his dad left him and his mom died of tuberculosis. Shortly, he was separated from his siblings William and Rosalie because he had been adopted by John and Frances Allan.
On June 12th, 1942, Annelies Marie “Anne” Frank received a diary from her parents. Little did they know that the diary would later become one of the most critical pieces of information in World War II. In the beginning of her diary, it was just like any other teenage girl’s diary. She led a normal life, worrying about what she’d wear tomorrow or what her friends are doing. Until her older sister, Margot was ordered to a concentration camp.
One of the survivors was Helga Edelstein Stummer was born in Berlin, Germany. Right before WWII she escaped to freedom when her her parents figured out what was happening (Giddens). While in the many years her family lived in Germany her dad fought in WWI, so he did a lot to be a citizen there. When she was little her mother died of cancer, and on top of that her father lost his job just because he was a Jew (Giddens 12). Another Holocaust survivor is Sam Cukier, and he was born in Warsaw, Poland (Giddens 18).
In The Book Thief, Liesel comes into ownership of many books that become symbols in her life. From persecution, to friendship, to coming to terms with anger Liesel’s books taught lessons. The Gravedigger’s Handbook symbolises a lot of things for Liesel. One of the things it symbolizes is the last time she saw her mother and brother. The day she stole the book was the day of her brother’s funeral and the day her mother gave her up to her foster parents.
“While my mother hemorrhaged to death during childbirth,...” (Hosseini 6) Amir’s mother died before he knew her but he acquired her love of poetry and literature. He wrote short stories almost all the time his entire childhood and when he grew up, he wrote stories that got published that helped him financially. His father never approved of it but came to accept it when they both moved to America to start over. “I looked up at those twin kites. I thought about Hassan.
He was born on May 15th, 1936, in Staten Island, New York, and lived with his mother and sister, later attending Wagner College (Smith). Zindel got a brief job at Allied Chemical as a technical writer, but quit after six months due to his unhappiness, and instead became a high school science teacher, which was much better for him (Smith). Later in life, Zindel married and produced two children, David and Elizabeth (Smith). Zindel has written in many different ways, “including plays, screenplays, teleplays, a picture book for preschool children, and a sexually explicit novel for adults,” but “. .