Germans, Death declares, love to burn things. Meanwhile, Liesel is becoming more accomplished in her reading and writing and is rewarded at Christmas with two books that Hans traded cigarettes for.
Rosa decides to send Liesel on her own to pick up and deliver laundry, assuming the customers will be less likely to tell a young girl they can no longer afford to send out their washing.
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As an assignment for school, Liesel writes a letter to her mother, and begins waiting for a reply. But at last the flag is found in time for the parade. Hans Jr.
Calling his father a coward, he storms out of the house. After a parade by the Hitler Youth, carts of books, newspapers, pamphlets, magazines, and posters considered unsympathetic to the Nazi Party are wheeled into the town square and arranged in a pile. As a Nazi official rails against Jews and Communists, Liesel connects what happened to her parents to Hitler and his policies. As she struggles to get out of the crowd, she sees her classmate, Ludwig Schmeikl, who is trapped with a hurt ankle.
She helps him escape, and he apologies for teasing her. The bonfire is lit.
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Hans finds Liesel as the flames burn, and she informs him she hates Hitler. He slaps her across the face, and tells her she must never say such a thing in public.
They practice saluting Hitler. As the fire burns itself out and darkness falls, Liesel notices a book that has not been burned.
While the soldiers tending the fire are not paying attention, she sneaks forward and steals the book, hiding it in her shirt. Only after she has the book does she realize she has been observed by a figure with fluffy hair. The book is called The Shoulder Shrug and it burns her inside her shirt as she walks home with Papa.
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The link between the personal and the political is made explicit, as Liesel connects Hitler to the disappearance of her parents. She begins to express some of her anger and sadness at their disappearance, developing the passionate hatred of Hitler.
She also expresses a desire for revenge, an impulse we see fueling her actions at times throughout the rest of the story.
But Liesel is not the only one suffering from the political situation. Hans has been helping Jews by painting over the slurs on their shops, but because the act runs counter to Nazi ideology, it puts Hans at risk from those, like Hans Jr. The contradiction involved is immediately apparent: By doing what he considers right, Hans could be punished.
Liesel seems to understand the distinction as well. Consciously or not, Liesel seems to be learning from his example.
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