I'm slightly ashamed to say that I watched the movie before I read the book. But I'm even more ashamed that I watched the movie only to experience the hotness that is Logan Lerman. Someone tell me that thisis not hot: What did I tell you?
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.
Then German officers took the bread from the man and whipped the boy. Zusak has said the story symbolized for him everything that is beautiful and everything that is horrible about humanity.
The Nuremberg Laws, implemented indeclared anyone with Jewish blood non-Aryan, and removed their civil rights. Communists, Socialists, and anyone else considered an enemy of the Nazi Party was arrested and sent to labor camps in Dachau.
Germans were encouraged to boycott Jewish businesses and held book burnings to destroy texts considered non-patriotic. Like Liesel and her friend Rudy, sixty percent of German youth were members the youth group Hitlerjugend, or Hitler Youth.
Zusak has said his father was a member of Hitler Youth as a boy. Inthree years before the beginning of the book, Berlin hosted the Olympics, where the African-American athlete Jesse Owens dominated in the track events, winning four gold medals.
In June Germany invaded Russia. The invasion lasted the remainder of the war, and resulted in more than 30 million deaths due to combat, starvation, exposure, and disease.
But after accompanying his father on jobs he realized painting bored him. Hinton, and he began writing fiction at the age of sixteen. After many years of rejections from publishers, he published his first young-adult novel, The Underdog, in Initially, Zusak imagined The Book Thief as a page novella, with Death as a boastful, remorseless narrator.
But after writing more than half the book, Zusak realized he needed his narrator to be more sympathetic, and decided to make Death as afraid of human beings as they are of him.
The Book Thief was published in and has been translated into 30 languages, as well as being a best-seller in many countries. Zusak is frequently asked whether he intended the book for a young adult or adult audience, and has said he simply wanted to write a book readers would love.Need students to write about The Book Thief?
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