The Book Thief By Markus Zusak

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The Book Thief by Markus Zusak is classified as a historical fiction novel because it tells a story that takes place during a tragic period in human history. This book reminds readers of the unspeakable acts that occurred during World War II under the Nazi Regime in Germany. The book focuses on the life of a nine year old girl, Liesel Meminger, living in Germany during this period of history. Markus Zusak was significantly influenced by his parent’s stories of their personal experiences of what living through World War II and more importantly the Holocaust was like for them. Although Liesel herself is a fictional character, the events that take place as well as the town names and actions throughout the book are historically accurate which classifies this novel as a historic fiction. As previously mentioned, The Book Thief, Liesel Meminger is the protagonist of the story. Liesel’s character helps to depict what life was like for children growing up in Nazi Germany. Liesel’s brother dies as they are on their way to the home of Hans and Rosa Huberman. Her mother essentially abandons her for an unknown reason and her new life begins with the Hubermans. Liesel is exposed to many horrors that being a child in Nazi Germany entailed. In the novel, Liesel takes part in Hitler Youth activities that were mandatory for children over the age of ten. Hitler believed that the Hitler Youth program was the future of Nazi Germany which is why he viewed it as being just as important as

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