As you can see he might be one of those savage kids that want to steal from people, which in this case he does. “I never see who was chasing me. I never stopped long enough to eat the bread. When I awaken from my dream or memory, my legs are tingling.” This might have to deal with mood because, he was anxious and stressed while stealing that piece of bread just to survive. Misha had someone help him out while he stole the bread, Uri was maybe the second most important character since, he helped misha out during the winter.
In the “Resistance During the Holocaust”, it describes how the Jews actively resisted with uprising in camps, Partisans, and rescuers. People can best respond to conflict by fighting by active resistance because to avoid later shame, show defiance, and die in your own way. When the war is over why should you live the rest of your life in shame, guilt, and humiliation? In the “Violence of Hope” Assi Bielski’s “father was a Jewish resistance fighter” (14). Her family happily talks about the war with no humiliation as she goes on saying, “it’s the number tattooed on your arm that is a constant reminder of the humiliation.
“Of course I know, mother! They are the Jews! Our teacher has often told us about them.” This excerpt from the story suggests that children often were taught to be wary of and avoid Jews. As such, they taught children Jews were “bad for society.” To teach and educate the younger generations of Germans to avoid and single out Jews was a large and important part of Nazi propaganda. The story continues: The mother praises her boy for his intelligence, and goes on to explain the different kinds of “poisonous” Jews: the Jewish pedlar, the Jewish cattle-dealer, the Kosher butcher, the Jewish doctor, the baptised Jew, and so on.
Hans Hubermann, Liesel’s foster father, helped Jewish people in whatever way he could. When a Jewish shop named Kleinmann’s was vandalized, Hans asked the owner if he needed any help cleaning up, and promised to come back the next day and paint his door, which he did (Zusak 181-182). Hans delayed applying to the Nazi party because he didn’t agree with their beliefs, and by helping the owner he was put under more suspicion, however he felt that it was a proper action and didn’t allow danger to stop him. In addition to Hans act of kindness, the Hubermanns took a Jew named Max into their care, and allowed him to stay with them to be safe. In a book overview, Tabitha Hall observes, “Though not Jewish, Liesel and her foster parents struggle as they keep their Jewish friend hidden…” (“Overview: The Book Thief”).
In the movie Schindler’s List, the director showed how Jews were helpful to other Jews by depicting many men helping others. An example of this would be, Stern asking Shindler to take some of the Jews as workers so they would not get killed or abused as bad as they would in the camps. It showed Stern asking Shindler to take on people who are perceived as weak or a target to the Nazi’s. Specifically, it showed a child that had a target on his back because he spoke up to the Nazi’s when someone stole in the camp and he got a job in the factory because of Stern convincing Schindler to take the Jews who needed help. This is vital to a little boys life and helped him survive because Stern found it in his heart to save his people even though he was going through the horror too.
In Markus Zusak’s The Book Thief, Hans Hubermann deals with his past while exemplifying the themes of memory and punishment. First of all, Hans’ life had been saved in World War I by a Jew, and, because of this, decides to hide the man’s son in his basement years later when Jews were being persecuted. Hans’ decision exemplifies the theme of memory because, since the man had risked his life for him, he felt the least he could do was protect his son from danger. By remembering his past, Hans saves a life from peril and oppression, all while putting his own life in jeopardy. Second of all, Hans again remembers the Jew who saved his life when he gives a feeble Jewish man a piece of bread while surrounded by German soldiers.
The unrealistic portrayal of the characters in the retelling of Vladek’s story helps the reader grasp the true reality of the events his father recounts. Spiegelman's use of mice to portray the Jewish people of the Holocaust and of today allows the reader to read the realistic truth of the representation of his father’s experiences at war. By using mice to represent the people targeted by the Nazis during the Holocaust,
Max Vandenberg is a Jewish man who is taken in and hidden by the Hubbermanns, Rosa and Hans, during World War 2 in Nazi Germany. His father saved Hans's life during the First World War. Hans, in turn, repays this deed by hiding Max from the Nazis, therefore putting his family in great danger as a result of it. During Max’s time living in the Hubbermann residence he befriends the protagonist, Liesel Meminger. The two find that they are very similar to each other.
In Maus, Art Spiegelman records his personal accounts of trying to delve into his father’s traumatic past. His father, Vladek, is a Jew from Poland who survived persecution during World War II. Art wants to create a graphic novel about what his father went through during the Holocaust, so he reconnects with Vladek in order to do so. Due to the horrifying things that the Jews went through he has trouble opening up completely about all the things that happened to him. But after Art gets together with his father many times, he is finally able to understand the past legacy of the Spiegelman family.
In the graphic novel Maus II, Art Spiegelman reveals what hardships his father had to go through to survive his time during the Holocaust. Elie Wiesel depicted what him and his father went through to withstand the suffering in the concentration camps during the holocaust in his autobiography, Night. The connection between these two works from contrasting genres is the relationships and loyalty to family and friendships shown throughout these accounts. When facing critical situations, remaining loyal to your family and friends is more essential to survival than self-preservation and resourcefulness. Having close relationships with friends and family could benefit you by granting you opportunities to receive support, resources and other components to survival.