The Book Thief By Markus Zusak. R&E By: Molly K. Summary.
R&E By: Molly K.
The Book Thief is about a young girl named LieselMemminger, who got separated from her mother and her brother. Her brother, only six, dies on the train ride to the foster home. Liesel’s not really sure why she has to leave her mother, she just knows that she doesn’t want to live with Rosa Hubberman, and she especially doesn’t want to call her Mama. But soon she comes to love her foster father (Papa), Hans Hubberman. After one of her nightly bad dreams, Hans discovers The Grave Digger’s Handbook, a book that Liesel found on the ground at her brother’s burial. Her first act of thievery. This starts the Midnight Reading Class. After every nightmare Liesel has, Papa starts another reading session, which is how Liesel actually learned to read. This increased Liesel’s love for books. Soon Liesel finds herself caught up in school, street soccer, the Jew in the basement, and above all, thievery.
This year, one of my Hebrew School teachers did a Holocaust unit with my class. To end this unit, my class went to the Holocaust Memorial Center. We saw some things that were amazing, some things that were scary, and some that were just plain mean. One of the things that I thought was scary was a huge picture of Hitler at the end of a hall way. It is really scary when you stand really close to it. An amazing thing was a marble wall that had the names of countries and the number of Jews that died in that country. Hardly any Jews died in Denmark, but millions of Jews died in Poland! Another thing that I thought was amazing is Anne Frank’s tree. A few years ago, the tree that Anne Frank could see out the window, was chopped down. There were pieces that people could enter essays to try to win. The Holocaust Memorial Center won! There were also some things I recognized from the book thief, like a diorama of a book burning. At the end to finish everything off, a Holocaust survivor came in to tell us about there time in the Holocaust. His name was Henry Friedman. He actually survived a labor camp! I thought that was really cool! Overall, I liked my trip to the Holocaust Memorial Center