S: The Book Thief Final Project
FC: Holocaust Final Group Project By: Lexi Bartz, Karley Adams, Erik Wohlfiel, and Zach Knutson
1: The Book Thief | By Markus Zusak
3: Summary | "The Book Thief' is a thrilling story about a German orphan girl in the time of the Holocaust. It tells of her life and how she deals with all the stresses of the life of a girl with dangerous secrets in a very dangerous time and place. Without the encouragement and help from friends and family, Liesel, the orphan, might not have made it. Or did she? Read the "The Book Thief" to find out.
4: Theme | Theme The theme of this book is courage. Many of the characters do courageous things throughout the book. The examples show the courage they possessed in tough times.
5: This was courageous because the consequences are deadly if they are caught. | Example #1 "'As you can see, we have a visitor.'...A few minutes later, Max Vadenburg was in the room, noiseless and opaque." The family in the story take in and hide a Jew in their basement, in Nazi Germany.
6: Example #2 "That was when Rudy stepped forward. He faced Franz Deutscher, looking up at him. 'He's got a problem, sir-'" One of the boys in the story, Rudy, stands up for a boy who has chronic ear pains. The boy cannot hear what is being asked of him, and Rudy says something. Rudy is punished for standing up for the boy. He showed courage because he knew he would be disciplined, but did the right thing.
7: Example #3 "'I will come tomorrow,' he said, 'and repaint your door.'" Hans, the father, says he will come and repaint a door that had Jewish slurs on it. This was courageous because he would be severely punished for helping Jews. In addition, later in the book, Hans throws bread at marching Jews. In the end, he pays the price for his 2 mistakes when he gets sent to war.
8: Characterization The main characters, Liesel and Hans, faced two main obstacles during the time of the Holocaust. Obstacle #1 Liesel had to overcome the death of all of her closest family and friends because of the bombing in her neighborhood.
9: Overcoming it... Liesel overcame this by trying to stay positive and remembering all the good times they had together. She also had the mayor's wife still alive, and her Jewish friend Max survived and came to live with her again.
10: Obstacle #2 Han's obstacle that he had to overcome was deciding whether to follow his true belief or go with the flow and all the rest of the Germans.
11: Overcame it... Hans overcame this obstacle by knowing what Hitler is doing to the Germans is wrong and being against it.Because of that he got sent to war, luckily he got sent home. Hans felt good because he stood up for what he believed in, and didn't just sit down and act like nothing was happening to the Jews
13: What we learned about the Holocaust after reading "The Book Thief."
14: View of the Holocaust Hitler had planted seeds about the holocaust a long time ago which, made him have more followers. Also when he started later it wouldn't be a new idea for many when it happened, this made it so people didn't realize how bad it was until it was too late. -Erik Wohlfiel The Holocaust was Hitler's plan for ultimate obliteration of the unperfect German. People with no blond hair and blue eyes weren't perfect to Hitler. He had an exceptional hatred of Jews. When the war ended, and the Germans defeated, Hitler's plan had exterminated over 6 million Jews. Zach Knutson
15: View of the Holocaust I learned how hard it was to realize what was happening to the Jews. There wasn't any communication devices like we have today. Everyone was oblivious to what was really happening. -Lexi Bartz | I learned that many Germans actually liked the Jews but were to scared to speak up. Many of them didn't even like Hitler, but were scared what Hitler would do to them or their family. -Karley Adams
17: Before reading this book, many of us had different views on people. "The Book Thief," has showed us things about people we never knew before.
18: View of People I used to think that all the Germans were in favor of killing the Jews. In reality, many Germans secretly did not like Hitler or the Nazi Party. Those like Hans Hubermann worked in secret to hide Jews. In Public they were a different person then who they were in secret. Zach Knutson My view of people changed from people being naturally independent. To scared and wanting someone to lead them, so if something goes wrong it won't be their fault. Therefore it takes stupidity, courage or a little of both to stand up to a leader or to become a leader. -Erik Wohlfiel
19: View of People I used to think that something like the Holocaust couldn't happen again. After reading, I realized how easy it was to happen. The Germans were unsuspecting. I think this could happen again, just because of how naive the Germans were. -Lexi Bartz | I used to think that everyone was treated equal and ignored it when someone wasn't, but now I have realized to stand up for those people and do what you really believe in. Not everyone gets the chance to speak up to others, so if you have the ability to you should stand up for what you believe in. -Karley Adams