The Book Thief By Markus Zusak

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“I wanted to tell the book thief many things, about beauty and brutality. But what could I tell her about those things that she didn 't already know? I wanted to explain that I am constantly overestimating and underestimating the human race-that rarely do I ever simply estimate it. I wanted to ask her how the same thing could be so ugly and so glorious, and its words and stories so damning and brilliant.” (Zusak 550) Markus Zusak wrote “The Book Thief” which is a historical fiction novel about a young girl named Liesel Meminger growing up in Germany during World War II. Zusak has German-Austrian parents who were children during World War II. His perspective helps us to be more empathetic towards Germans in the book because he explains to us: German children didn’t understand what Hitler was doing, not all Germans hated Jews, and Germans cared about each other deeply and helped each other out. Markus Zusak helps us to understand World War II from a child’s perspective since they didn’t comprehend what was happening and what Hitler was doing/saying. “ ‘Because you shouldn’t want to be like black people or Jewish people or anyone who is…not us.’ ‘Who are Jewish people?’ ‘You know my oldest costumer, Mr. Kaufmann? Where we bought your shoes?’ ‘Yes.’ ‘Well, he’s Jewish.’ ‘I didn’t know that. Do you have to pay to be Jewish? Do you need a license?’” (50) Children didn’t know what being Jewish was and they didn’t understand why it was wrong. They were told it was wrong and they

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