We all hear the heart wrenching stories from the brave victims that have somehow managed to survive this terrible ordeal. But, how often do we hear from the innocent children of Germany that were forced to hate?
Australian author, Markus Zusak, does a great job of express ing the feelings and emotions of a young girl named Liese) Meminger, in his Historical Fiction Novel, The Book Thief.
The most brilliant part of The Book Thief is the narrator, Death. Death tells the story of a little girl named Liesel, who grew up in Germany during the Holocaust. Liese) was only ten years old when her little brother mysteriously died during a train ride to Molching, in Nazi Germany.
Despite Liesel's inability to read, she steals her first book, The Gravedigger's Handbook, from the cemetery where her brother was laid to rest. After the burial, Liesel is placed in a foster home with Hans and Rosa Hubbermann.
Although Liesel was reluctant to enter the home and trust her foster parents, it wasn 't long before she warmed up to Hans Hubbermann. Hans began to teach Liesel how to read after finding The Gravedigger's Handbook under her mattress.
Later in the story Liesel is forced to attend a book burning ceremony, which was organized to celebrate Adolph Hitler's birth- day. She finds this ceremony very disturbing. During the book burning Liesel hears som'e anti-communist comments, which then leads her to believe that Adolf Hitler had something to do with her father's disappearance, whom was also accused of being a communist. This is when Liesel begins to express her hate for Adolph Hitler.
EDITOR'S NOTE: The book was published in March 2006; 552 book pages; 844 paper back pages, May be purchased as an eBook for $9.99.