Those in the basement stay even after the all-clear signal has been given to hear the end of the chapter. For a week, she is forbidden from entering the basement. Liesel is told in no uncertain terms she cannot tell anyone about Max. She goes downstairs to thank Max, but he is asleep. Everyone gathers around her and the words calm them as they calm Liesel.
Rudy stands up for him, though, and they are both made to run laps and do push-ups. Liesel is the sole survivor of this disaster. He asks Liesel for a kiss, which she still denies. The Nurmenburg Laws are passed, barring Jews from having German citizenship and marrying Germans. It is Max, he has survived the concentration camp and can now start his life over. It really shows Hans true character although he regrets doing it later. Max also understands the power of words.
Hans is surprised to find that Erik has a young son named Max. Hans leaves Erik's widow with his name and address and offers to help if they should need anything. On the street, Walter Kugler, one of Max's friends, introduces himself to Hans and asks to meet later. Ilsa Hermann sees Liesel take the book and decides to share her own love of books with Liesel by inviting her into her library. To celebrate the Führer's birthday, the people of Molching gather for a bonfire during which they burn enemy propaganda, including books. It was left there on purpose for Liesel. Max then vomits in the sink, saying that his stomach must not have been ready for food.
Max has reached perhaps the most vulnerable point of his life thus far: he can continue to survive only at the mercy of the Hubermanns. He stresses to her that everyone in the house is at risk of being taken by the Nazis if she tells anyone about Max. She is still stealing books from their library and the mayor's wife is not upset about it. She understands and then she befriends the lonely Max. Liesel thought she was in trouble, but instead the mayor's wife showed her the large library in her home.
The text of Mein Kampf, riveted with attacks on the Jewish race, peeks through under a story about the friendship between a hidden Jew and a German girl. GradeSaver, 30 November 2009 Web. Reinhold Zucker, who holds a grudge against Hans because of a card game loss, takes Hans's usual seat on the truck and dies in the accident. Instead, Hans told her if she or her son ever needed anything, to let him know. She spends a lot of time with Alex in his shop, and one day, in 1945, Max Vandenburg shows up. Or is it just another internal, infernal human trick? Hans is kind to Liesel, so one night after she has wet the bed, it is Hans who helps her clean up the sheets and he finds the book she stole. Meanwhile, Liesel, because she is angry with the mayor's wife for taking away Rosa's clothes washing job, returns the book given to her by the mayor's wife.
The majority of the novel takes place in the fictional town of Molching, Germany, near Munich, between 1939 and 1943. Rudy's father also has to serve in the army, because he will not allow the Gestapo to take Rudy away to a special school. Luckily, Rudy's teacher convinces the owner not to call the police, explaining that Rudy's family is poor. Rudy and Liesel play soccer together with the other neighborhood children on the afternoons when Liesel is not required to help her foster mother, Rosa, pick up or deliver the laundry she washes to make extra money. Max's mother gives Max a piece of paper with Hans Hubermann's name and address. During the funeral, Liesel steals a book someone has carelessly left beside the grave. This section contains 1,020 words approx.
Liesel begins to settle into her new home. Rudy is always getting into trouble, whether it is stealing from farmers, talking back at Hitler Youth meetings, or trying to help a friend in need. He is unconscious for a long time, but finally he wakes up. This experience causes Liesel to think of other robberies she might commit. In early December, Hans brings Liesel to the basement to resume their lessons and finds Max frozen and sickly. A few months after Hans returned home, a bombing raid hit Himmel Street, everyone except Liesel is killed. Hans' life is miraculously saved by a Jew in World War I, and for the rest of his life Hans is gracious to Jews despite the threat of imprisonment in a concentration camp for helping them in the wake of Kristallnacht -- indeed, Hans is lucky that he is not taken away for vandalizing a Nazi Party office.
Rudy's father comes home and after a while he reopens his former business, where Liesel often helps him. First, he's caught stealing a potato. Max's father, Erik, volunteers Hans for a task, and as a result, he doesn't go into battle on the day the entire battalion is killed. Then, one day a few weeks later, the mayor's wife invited Liesel into her home. The Sergeant says that whichever man does will not be going into battle, yet no man wants to seem like a coward. They share the details of their nightmares, and Max plans to make a gift for Liesel's birthday. Her Papa was not angry with her, but he made her promise to never steal a book again.
It is November 1940 and Max is 24. Liesel believes that this look has less to do with saving another human being's life and more to do with pride in her soup, which Liesel and Hans often scoff about. Max, ridden with guilt, reluctantly leaves without his family, whom he'll never see again. He met a man named Erik Vandenburg, who was a German Jew, while serving in the German army. Perhaps, like Liesel, you've also had a job or been responsible for completing chores. Rosa, the book tells us, is good in a crisis, and the opportunity for action brings out her best qualities.