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Week 8

Role three: Passage Person

“He let his mouth kiss her palm. ‘Yes, Liesel, it’s me,’ and he held the girls hand in his face and cried onto her fingers” (pg. 512).
This act takes courage. Max knows that it will be much safer for himself and Liesel if he ignores her, but he also knows that the embrace of seeing her, is more important. 
“She was a Jew feeder without a question in the world on that man’s first night in Molching. She was an arm reacher, deep into a mattress, to deliver a sketchbook to a teenage girl” (532).
This passage shows that, Liesel never fully gets over Rosa beating her, but does, on Rosa’s death, when she sees into Rosa’s identity. Liesel remembers Rosa being nice and kind to Max and her excitement when she gives Liesel Max’s sketchbook.
“…in October 1945, a man with swampy eyes, feathers of hair, and a clean-shave face walked into the shop. He approached the counter. ‘Is there someone here by the name of Liesel Meminger?’…Liesel came out. They hugged and cried and fell on the floor” (548). 
It just shows that there is somewhat of a good ending in part, that at least she didn’t lose Max, when they reunited. Lots of love is shown, in this situation.
My question to you guys is what do you think happened after that, between Max and Liesel?

Week 7

Role two: The connector

A connection I saw was when Rosa held on to Hans accordion, when Hans was sent into war. It shows that Hans accordion, meant a lot to her, for it made her reminisce Han’s past, where he would always play it. The accordion, also is a symbol that he’ll always be there, it’s like making an object a person.

An example of that in the real world is say I lost someone, like my mom. My mom always carried a golden necklace with her. Before she died, she gave me the golden necklace. I remembered my mom, by the golden necklace, since it’s almost like her soul is in that golden necklace when she’s not with me. This is also the case, when the accordion, can imply that Han’s soul is in there, and Rosa, holds it so she won’t “lose” him.

What do you guys think of my connection?

Week 6

Role 1: The Discussion Leader

1. Why does Ilsa Hermann put the Duden Dictionary in the window for Liesel to steal?

2. What does the Jewish prisoners walk to Dachua tell us, regarding the mindset of the German soldiers?

3.  What was significant/symbolic about the dominoes game the Steiner family were playing? 

-Ivan J

Week 5

Role five: The word master

1. Schnell (pg 314) : hurry, as a command

I chose this word, since I didn’t know what it meant, and it was during an emotional setting when Max was close to dying.

2. The Dream Carrier (pg 327) : This is a book Liesel stole from Ilsa Herman’s library in the mayors house.

I chose this phrase/title since the book signifies the soul and life of Max, when Max was close to death.

3. Luft Schutz Raum (pg 340) : Air-Raid Shelter

I chose this phrase, as it gives the context of the war in Germany and how enemies would drop bombs on Germany. Also during that time they were checking everyone’s houses if their basements were good for air-raid shelters, and at that time Max was in the basement hiding from a Nazi-Party Member, checking if the basement was good, so this part was anxious.

4. Shemozzle (pg 342): a state of chaos and confusion

I chose this word, because it was during the situation where Liesel and her family had to think of a plan to hide Max when the Nazi-party member came into their house. 

5. Auf Wierdersehen (pg 345): until we meet again/goodbye

I chose this phrase, since the Nazi member left the house and the whole family was relieved that they didn’t get caught for having Max in their house. 

Week 4

Role four: The Summarizer

In this area of the book, where, Max and Liesel both have bad dreams, and one night Liesel gets some information about them. Max lets her know he sees himself waving farewell to his family, and Liesel lets him know about her brother. Liesel carries Max a daily paper she finds in a trash can, and Max appreciatively does the crossword. On Liesel’s birthday, Hans and Rosa provide for her The Mud Men. Max apologizes for not getting her anything. Liesel generous embraces Max despite anything that might have happened before, and Max ponders what he could accomplish for her. Liesel keeps on reading The Whistler at Ilsa’s home, and envisions herself trusting in Ilsa about Max. As Liesel plans to go, Ilsa offers the book to her, however she cannot.

Max and Liesel invest time perusing together in the wine cellar. One day, Max asks Liesel what the world is like outside, and he draws her depiction on the divider, with those two strolling on a cloud. At the finish of May, Max starts practicing again through an arrangement of push-ups. He fantasizes about battling Adolf Hitler in a boxing ring. It is described in his fantasy as, the swarm – a large number of Germans – cheers for Hitler and misuses Max, who arrives alone.” The reference is predisposition towards Hitler. There is stand out round, and Hitler punches Max for a considerable length of time. Max falls, however gradually climbs before the tally, then finally points an arrangement of blows at Hitler’s mustache. Hitler falls, then comes back to his feet, uproots his gloves, and locations the swarm. Hitler conveys a discourse debilitating that Max is plotting against them, attempting to oppress them. He requests that them come into the ring to, annihilate this foe together, and they do. At last, a young lady comes in with a daily paper and tells Max that the crossword is vacant, then the dream is over. A couple of nights later Max enlightens Liesel concerning his repeating long for battling Hitler and that he is preparing for it. In promptly June, Max, Liesel, Hans and Rosa evacuate and paint over the pages of Mein Kampf then trade them in readiness for another book.

Germany attacks the Soviet Union in late June, and Rosa loses her last client: the chairman and his wife Ilsa, who need to trim back while they encourage others to plan for harder times ahead. On Liesel’s last visit, Ilsa beseeches her to take The Whistler, which she does from the get go. However Liesel feels so furious that she returns and hollers at Ilsa, striking her for being well off and self-important and letting her know to face the way that her child is dead. Liesel tosses the book on the ground and sees Ilsa as having been thrashed by her words. Once again at home, Liesel tells Rosa that she called the chairman’s wife pitiable, and that is the reason Ilsa let go them. Rosa does not think Liesel is fit for offending Ilsa for fixation over her dead child, and smoothly acknowledges the news of having been let go. Rudy is having issue with the Hitler Youth pioneer, a more advanced in years kid named Franz Deutscher. The point when Rudy sticks up for Tommy Mueller, who has created listening to issues and has inconvenience walking, the two are compelled to perform an arrangement of drills in the mud. Rudy advises Liesel what happened and tries to propel her to kiss him, however she doesn’t.

Rudy and Liesel meet their new pioneer: Viktor Chemmel, a well off kid who takes for pleasure. Liesel acknowledges the new pioneer a brutal dictator, as opposed to the last pioneer Arthur Berg.  Viktor gives Rudy and Liesel only one fruit. The point when Rudy grumbles, Viktor beats him. Rudy spits on Viktor’s feet, and Viktor promises to make Rudy pay for it at a later date. Max starts painting on the recently clear pages of Mein Kampf. One toon shows Hitler singing before a saluting swarm with the inscription “Not the Fuhrer – the conductor!” Curious, Liesel sees the paintings, and gets scared.

Week 3

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?

Week 2

Role 2: The Connector

One connection I saw, was when Liesel went to the event of youth groups where they were burning books that didn’t have and ideologies similar to the German’s “ideal”. Later on Liesel and Hans were talking, and Liesel was slapped for saying she hated the Fuhrer, and was told to Heil Hitler, but not express her thoughts on the Fuhrer, outside their house. The connection is that usually single-state party/nationalistic countries prohibit freedom of speech, and most human rights, and Germany and other countries that went through a regime, explicitly prohibit anyone speaking against their government. One example is North Korea, since they too are a single-state party, and have political prison camps for people that speak out against their politics/government. North Korea would also suppress any literature or anything that have foreign ideals from the people.

Another connection is the part where the Jewish man, with the suitcase was hiding. He most likely was hiding from the German Police, that were looking for any Jewish people hiding, etc. And one thing I noticed was that he was given papers and a key from a random guy(Hans?). This connects towards the real world, since in many times, Jewish people would hide, and eventually get fake papers/identification papers, in order to have a new identity, and not get caught by the police, then move to another house that was vacant by Jewish people, that were caught.

-Ivan J.