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Theme Of Indoctrination In The Book Thief

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In the beginning of the book Alfons explains how he was indoctrinated in all aspects of the Nazi regime, which is a common theme throughout the reading. He especially points this out when he was sworn into the Jungvolk, and the Nazi creed read: “belief in the innate superiority of the Germanic-Nordic race, and the conviction that total submission to the welfare of the state—personified by the Führer—was my first duty.” Heck uses the idea of indoctrination throughout the book to not necessarily excuse his wrongdoings, but to remind readers to understand his point of view. This effectively presents an option for readers to judge him however they please. The child soldiers are still culpable for their devotion, but to truly understand their decisions
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