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The Book Thief Fact v.s. Fiction

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by Ai-Wen Yang on 4 November 2013

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Transcript of The Book Thief Fact v.s. Fiction

photo credit Nasa / Goddard Space Flight Center / Reto Stöckli
The Book Thief Fact v.s. Fiction
Book Burning
Book burning is one of the method Nazi Party used in order to fool their people. By "cleaning" Jews culture, they wish to reach their of keeping the Jews in a inferior status.
(FACT)
However, during these events, people are all threatened by the officials; therefore, it is unlikely that Liesel dares to steal a book, especially without being punished.
(FICTION)
Hitler Youth
Hitler Youth is an organization established by Nazi Party for the purpose of educating German kids with Nazi values. All youth between the age of 10-18 are required to attend. Liesel has to join the organization at 10 even if she does not agree with the Nazi's.
(FACT)
Air Raids
It is true that ,during World War II, air raid is a big part of invading. To German, this happened later in the war when Nazi Germany's power started weakening and overpowered. The novel reveals this fact truthfully as Himmel street faces air raid more and more after in the later of the novel.
(FACT)
Liesel Meminger
Liesel Meminger is, for sure, a fictitious character made up by the author Markus Zusak. Furthermore, this is what makes the novel unique and valuable. Because of non-factual character, the author have more space for creativity, such as Liesel's journey of understanding the power of words. This way the author creates a different point of view to evaluate the situation during World War II. Since there are already a lot of WWII literature, the author provides the story of a German girl who is, however, against Nazi Party, instead of the perspective of a villain of Holocaust.
(FICTION)
The Narrator-Death
As we learn that this novel is narrated by the point of view of Death, we realize that the story is fictitious and the characters would not be based on real historical figures.
(FICTION)
However, because this perspective can be more omnicient, readers knows that we can trust some of the events as facts that occurred during World War II.
(FACT)
Molching, Himmel St.
The town of Molching is a made up setting of the novel as there are no records of this town in history. And the Himmel Street is also made up by the author.
(Fiction)
However, it is near the city of Munich, which is actually the base of Nazi Party. Also, it is on the way to Dachau, a notorious concentration camp that Nazis used to exterminate the Jews.
(FACT)
The most appropriate mix of fictions and facts!
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