Role three: The Passage Person
“That was the first time Hans Hubermann escaped me. The Great War. A second escape was still to come in 1943, in Essen.” (Pg. 178)
“Mein Kampf. Of all the things to save him.” (Pg.160)
This passage expresses the idea that Hitler’s political views, can save someone’s life, even if the political view is just an idea, that’s not even physical. Max during this passage was reading “Mein Kampf” during his ride in the train that would eventually lead him to Hans’ house. He was carrying the book and reading it, since he wanted to lower the chance of being questioned of suspicion, if he wasn’t reading the book. I find this passage even more interesting, since its just crazy how a book, could possibly save someone’s life from being questioned on what they think of Germany, and consequently go into more dangerous situations, like being exiled to a labor or concentration camp for not believing in Hitler’s ideologies.
” ‘Jesus,’ Walter said one evening, when they met on the small corner where they used to fight. ‘That was a time, wasn’t it? There was none of this craziness around. We could never fight like that now.’ Max disagreed. ‘Yes we could. You can’t marry a Jew, but there’s no law against fighting one.’ Walter Smiled. There’s probably a law rewarding it–as long as you win.’ ” (Pg. 192)
Walter and Max, would always fight during their teen years, but since they’re older they started to become more mature, and had jobs. Later on, Max lived with the Hubermanns and would make himself secluded from the world, since he was a Jew, and since he was in hiding from the German police. Max, during that time, couldn’t do anything, as he was just living in a basement, trying to survive. This passage is important, since Max might later on the story, fight back against the Nazis, and fulfill what he said in the passage, but who knows if he will win, and be rewarded, since in history, the Jewish people had no chance to fight back Germany, as many were separated by their families, taken away to concentration camps, or fled the country.
What do you guys think about the Mein Kampf passage?