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The book thief marcus zusak

The Book Thief

Marcus Zusak

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The book thief marcus zusak


  • The Book Thief Markus Zusak

  • Essential question: How is it possible to understand evil?

  • Task 1- There are five picture storybooks and two nonfiction texts around the classroom. Try and read/peruse as many as possible.

  • Task 2- Choose your favourite book. Write down the title and author.

  • Think about the following questions and write down brief notes to address each point-

  • Who is telling the story?

  • What is this story about?

  • What themes does this story touch on?

  • What age of readership might this appeal to and why?

  • How does this picture storybook address the themes of war, death, racism, torture etc?

  • How is this story told and depicted? Does it rely on dialogue, visuals, a combination?

  • Often, the picture storybook contains layers of deeper meanings that are more adult in perspective. This can be conveyed through the illustrations or dialogue. Can you find an example of this? Describe this.

  • Are there any literary devices such as metaphor, simile other techniques utilised by the author? Write these down. Why and how are they effective?

  • What is the moral or message of your chosen text?

  • How does it help you understand this period in history?

Questions that you have

Questions that you have…….

What is Genocide?

What is Racism?

What is the Holocaust?

What is a Jew?

Can it happen again?

Why did it occur?

When and where did it occur?

Why didn’t someone or a country stop it?

Why do we have to remember it?

Is it important to remember this period of history?

Who were the Nazis?

Did anyone oppose them?

Why were the Jews picked on and hated?

Who else was racially persecuted and sent to the labour or death camps?

What is a death camp?

The book thief marcus zusak

Genocide-what is genocide? The destruction of a culture, the extermination of a chosen group, a crime against humanity..

The Armenians of the Ottoman Empire 1500s

The Jews of Europe

The killing fields of Cambodia

The Tutsis of Rwanda

The Muslims of Bosnia

The Tribes of Darfur, Sudan







The book thief marcus zusak

  • Terms to know…

  • Holocaust

  • Genocide

  • Racism

  • Propaganda

  • Hate crimes

  • Totalitarianism

  • Military dictatorship

  • Regime

  • Aryan race

The book thief marcus zusak

The Holocaust illustrates the consequences of prejudice, racism and stereotyping on a society. It forces us to examine the responsibilities of citizenship and confront the powerful ramifications of indifference and inaction.Tim Holden

The unutterable violence of the Holocaust shook our confidence in the possibility of telling any story of faith at all.Timothy Radcliffe

For the dead and the living, we must bear witness.” Elie Wiesel

“If we bear all this suffering and if there are still Jews left, when it is over, then Jews, instead of being doomed, will be held up as an example.” Anne Frank

“Monsters exist, but they are too few in numbers to be truly dangerous. More dangerous are…the functionaries ready to believe and act without asking questions.” Primo Levi



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