The Book Thief Thesis

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Markus Zusak was born in Sydney, Australia, on June 23, 1975. He grew up listening to his parents’ stories of their childhoods in Vienna and Munich during World War II. One story his mother often told was about watching a group of Jews being marched down the street on their way to the concentration camp in Dachau. An old man was struggling to keep up with the rest of the group. When a boy ran up to the man and offered him a piece of bread, the man fell to his knees, crying and kissing the boy’s ankles. Then German officers took the bread from the man and whipped the boy. This scene became the basis for “The Book Thief.” In the book, it is the main character’s foster father who offers the old man the bread and is whipped by the officer. Zusak
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