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Vocabulary Enricher:
Malik Brooks
-The narrator seems to be death itself.

-"He" seems to be personified; having form, footsteps, and the ability to breathe.

-"He" Claims that in his line of work he has many distractions. These distractions are the leftover humans or survivors of death's interaction.

-So far, "his" most notable distraction is that of a little girl, known as the "book thief".

-"He" claims to see the world in a plethora of colors.

-"When I glanced back at the plane, the pilot's open mouth appeared to be smiling. A final dirty joke. Another human punchline."

-"Each on an attempt (an immense leap of an attempt) to prove to me that you, and your human existence, are worth it."

  • Here "he" refers to a collection of mementos "he" gathers at the end of each "extraordinary" person's life. This memento represents a "proof of worth" for human existence.

-The "book thief" is known as Liesel Meminger.

-"That's the sort of thing I'll never know, or comprehend; what humans are capable of.

-"Not leaving: an act of trust and love, often deciphered by children"

-Liesel can't exactly read; the first book she stole, "The Grave Digger's Handbook" signifies two things to her:

•the last time she saw her brother.

•the last time she saw her mother.

-At the age of 10, Liesel was enrolled into the BDM: Band Deutscher Mädchen (Band of German Girls)

-continue pg. 46.

-Liesel and Rudy Steiner become best friends, shortly after the soccer event. In which she managed to block his shot and he repaid her with a snowball to the face.

-"Schiller Strasse": Road of Yellow.

-In 1936, Jesse Owens competed in the Olympics ( the Hitler games). They refered to him as subhuman due to him being black and also in reference to his athletic abilities.

- During the event of his win, Hitler refused to shake hands with him.

-"A crowd materialized around every square inch of Hubert Oval's circumference. They were all calling out one thing. They were chanting Rudy Steiner's name...and his name was Jesse Owens."

-*The contradictory politics of Alex Steiner*

• point one: He was a member of the Nazi Party, but he did not hate the Jews, or anyone else for that matter.

•point two: Secretly, though, he couldn't help feeling a percentage of relief (or worse...gladness!) when Jewish shop owners were put out of business...propaganda informed him that it was only a matter if time before a plague of Jewish tailors showed up and stole his customers.

•point three: But did that mean they should be driven out completely?

•point four: His family. Surely, he had to do whatever he could to support them. If that meant being in the party, it meant being in the party.

•point five: Somewhere, far down, there was an itch in his heart, but he made it a point not to scratch it. He was afraid of what might come leaking out.

-Rudy: " I just want to be like Jesse Owens, Papa"

Alex: " I know son...but you've got beautiful blond hair and big safe blue eyes. You should be happy with that; is that clear".

-Alex Steiner, Rudy's father states, in response to Rudy's Jesse Owens impersonation, 'you shouldn't want to be like black people or Jewish people or anyone who is...no us'. This in reference to Hitlers Arian race, the race of perfect people and the persecution of all that were not it.

-continue from pg. 62.

-"People have defining moments, I suppose, especially when they're children. For some it's the Jesse owens incident. For others it's a moment of bed- wetting hysteria."

-Deutschland über Alles: Germany over Everything

-"As always, they were clapped" ???

-*Some crunched numbers*: In 1993, 90% of Germans showed unflinching support for Adolf Hitler. That leaves 10% who didn't. Hans Hubermann belonged to the 10%. There was a reason for that.

- Liesel Meminger: "You wouldn't think it, but it was not so much the school who helped me to read. It was Papa (Hans Hubermann). People think he's not so smart, and it's true he doesn't read too fast, but I would soon learn that words and writing actually saved his life once. Or at least, words and a man who taught him the accordion..."

-...complete works of Goethe or any such luminary. ???

-'the soft spoken words fell off the side of the bed, emptying to the floor like powder'

-"A card board grin uppercut words" pg. 70

-"Sitting in the water, she imagined the smell of it, mapped out on her papa's clothes. More than anything it was the smell of friendship." In reference to Hans Hubermann's smell of cigarettes and kerosene.

-September-November 1939

•World War II begins

•Liesel Meminger becomes the heavyweight champion of the school yard.

-Death: "The beginning of September. It was a cool day in Molching when the war began and my workload increased."

-Hitler's chant: "We will not give up. We will not rest. We will be victorious. Our time has come"

-" The German invasion of Poland had begun and people were gathered everywhere, listening to the news of it. Munich Street, like every other main street in Germany, was alive with war. The smell, the voice. Rationing had begun a few days earlier...the writing on the wall...and now it was official. England and France had made their declaration on Germany. To steal a phrase from Hans Hubermann: 'the fun begins'

-Death: 'by the way... I like this human idea of the grim reaper. I like the scythe. It amuses me'

-"He (Rudy) was the crazy one who painted himself black and defeated the world. She was the book thief without the words." " Trust me, though, the words were on their way, and when they arrived, Liesel would hold them in her hands like clouds and she would wring them out like the rain"

-pg. 81 start of part II

-"If you were being flippant about it, you'd say that all it took was a little fire, really, and some human shouting to go with it. You'd say say that was all Liesel Meminger needed to apprehend her second stolen book, even if it smoked in her hands. Even if it lit her ribs.
The problem however, is this: This is no time to be flippant." (Flippant: frivolously disrespectful,shallow,or lacking in seriousness; characterized by levity)


-"...it would inspire Hans Hubermann to come up with a plan to help the Jewish fist fighter. And it would show me once again, that one opportunity leads directly to another, just as risk leads to more risk, life to more life, and death to more death."

-"You see, people may tell you that Nazi Germany was built on anti-Semitism, a somewhat overzealous leader, and a nation of hate-fed bigots, but it would all have come to nothing had the Germans not loved one particular activity: to burn."






Art Connection and World Connection GROUP #2 :\



Role # 1: Monica Walker
Role # 2: Malik Brooks
Role # 3: Krystal Kelly
Role # 4: Leyana Dessauer
Art Connection and World Connection