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Connections between The Book Thief

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Adolf Hitler and
The Book Thief

By Jagraj Singh Heir
Synopsis
Born in 1889 in Austria
Rose to power to become leader of the Nazi Party
Chancellor and dictator of Germany from 1933-1945
Committed suicide on April 20, 1945
Early Years
Moved to Germany at the age of 3 years
Interested in art and Germany's nationalism
Homeless when young for some period of time
Joined German army in 1914
Rise to Power
Hitler came second twice when elections for presidency happened
Elected as chancellor of Germany by president
Other parties intimidated into disbanding making Hitler's Nazi party the only party running
June 30 to July 2, 1934 the days the killings of Hitler's political enemies happened
Holocaust occurs between 1939 and 1945 resulting into 11-14 million deaths
(http://www.biography.com/people/adolf-hitler-9340144)

Adolf Hitler
Markus Zusak's
The Book Thief
relates to Adolf Hitler because it portrays the killing of Jews by him, the Hitler Youth, and his book, Mein Kampf.
Connection between Adolf Hitler and
The Book Thief
The Nazi holocaust resulted into more than 11,000,000 death including 6,000,000 jews led by Hitler. He publicly threatened the jews beforehand:
In the course of my life I have very often been a prophet, and have usually been ridiculed for it. During the time of my struggle for power it was in the first instance only the Jewish race that received my prophecies with laughter when I said that I would one day take over the leadership of the State, and with it that of the whole nation, and that I would then among other things settle the Jewish problem. Their laughter was uproarious, but I think that for some time now they have been laughing on the other side of their face. Today I will once more be a prophet: if the international Jewish financiers in and outside Europe should succeed in plunging the nations once more into a world war, then the result will not be the Bolshevizing of the earth, and thus the victory of Jewry, but the annihilation of the Jewish race in Europe!
The Genocide: 1939-1945
Hitler believed that the future of the German army rested into the hands of the youth so he made a camp for young children. The camp that Hitler made for youth was hated by teachers and the children who went there. Teachers claimed that, "boys and girls were so tired from attending evening meetings of the Hitler Youth, that they could barely stay awake the next day at school." In
The Book Thief
Rudy despised the Hitler Youth as it was a struggle for him to even stay on his legs for the whole time. "As for Rudy, so far this year he'd swallowed mud, bathed himself in fertilizer, been half-strangled by a developing criminal, and was now receiving something at least nearing the icing on the cake-public humiliation on Munich Street" (Zusak 298). Markus Zusak shows us how Adolf Hitler's so called Hitler Youth camp was a struggle for both teachers and the kids who attended the meetings. This links to the second part of the thesis which talks about the Hitler Youth and the struggles children feel toward it.
Hitler Youth
The Book Thief
portrays these killings of jew by showing the life of a jew, Max Vadenburg, and identifies the struggles he has to go through. "He had eaten only the foul taste of his own hungry breath for what felt like weeks, and still, nothing" (Zusak 139). That is how Max felt as the killing of jews were occurring because the few that remained alive had to suffer to keep themselves hidden. This links to the first part of the thesis because Adolf Hitler's killings of the jews is portrayed in the book thief in an indirect way.
Mein Kampf (My Struggle)
Adolf Hitler made a book about himself explaining his youth, and his voice on politics, race. "Mein Kampf is an autobiographical manifesto by Nazi leader Adolf Hitler, in which he outlines his political ideology and future plans for Germany"
(http://www.historyplace.com/worldwar2/riseofhitler/kampf.htm).
Hitler`s book, Mein Kampf, was talked a lot in
The Book Thief
as Max claims that the book saved him. ""It's the best book ever. [...] It saved my life"" (Zusak 217), was Max's response to Liesel when asked if the book was good. Even though Mein Kampf has Hitler stating acts against the jews Max still claims its the best book because everyone who has it is considered German by all. Both
The Book Thief
and my research on Adolf Hitler's book are related because of these main reasons.
http://www.historyplace.com/worldhistory/genocide/holocaust.htm
http://www.historylearningsite.co.uk/hitler_youth.htm
Works Cited

"Adolf Hitler Biography." Bio.com. A&E Networks Television. Web. 5 Jan. 2015. <http://www.biography.com/people/adolf-hitler-9340144>.

"Hitler Youth Movement." Hitler Youth Movement. Web. 7 Jan. 2015. <http://www.historylearningsite.co.uk/hitler_youth.htm>.

"The History Place - Genocide in the 20th Century: The Nazi Holocaust 1938-45." The History Place - Genocide in the 20th Century: The Nazi Holocaust 1938-45. 1 Jan. 2000. Web. 7 Jan. 2015. <http://www.historyplace.com/worldhistory/genocide/holocaust.htm>.

"The History Place - Rise of Hitler: Hitler's Book "Mein Kampf"" The History Place - Rise of Hitler: Hitler's Book "Mein Kampf" Web. 5 Jan. 2015. <http://www.historyplace.com/worldwar2/riseofhitler/kampf.htm>.

Zusak, Markus. The Book Thief.
Sydney
: Picador, 2005

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