The Book Thief By Markus Zusak

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With over 70 million people dead, World War II was one of the most horrific wars in the last millennium. During the war, Germany is corrupted and dangerous for anybody who is not German. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, is a story about an orphan who lives in Molching, a town where the Holocaust and the bombing occur. Throughout the novel, she steals books in order to become a better reader and writer. The city of Molching and the characters and not real, but the details of the events, settings, and people are accurately portrayed in the novel. Therefore, the portrayal of racism and the conditions of Jews in Nazi Germany are accurately depicted in the Book Thief. The portrayal of racism in Nazi Germany is accurately depicted in the Book Thief. In the beginning of the novel, Rudy’s father tells him not to aspire towards black and Jewish people. Alex Steiner states, “Son, you can’t go around painting yourself black, they’ll take you away. You shouldn’t want to be like black people or Jewish people or anyone who is… not us” (Zusak, 60). Alex Steiner shows that Nazi Germany is racist because they believed that being German is being superior. People who would aspire or show empathy towards Jews or blacks would be taken away because it upset the Germans. Similar to the book, Germans wanted to get rid of Jews. An article states, “racially inferior" peoples, such as Jews and Gypsies, would be eliminated from the region”(Third Reich: An Overview, 2015). If Nazis saw Germans like Rudy

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