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The Book Thief

The Book Thief

by Markus Zusak

Identity Quotes

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Quote #7

In sloppy lettering, the words JEWISH FILTH were spilling over at their edges. (29.75)

Hans gets into trouble for painting over the slur. Such slurs, painted across Jewish homes, shops, synagogues, were part of the campaign to identify Jewish people as subhuman.

Quote #8

They were French, they were Jews, and they were you. (52.18)

Death is talking about the death of a group of French Jews murdered in a Polish prison. He's reminding us that we are all human, all united by Death. It's ridiculous to kill another human, when the job will be done on its own in due time.

Quote #9

She was a Jew feeder without a question in the world on that man's first night in Molching. She was an arm reacher, deep into a mattress, to deliver a sketchbook to a teenage girl. (84.25)

Although Liesel never completely gets over Rosa initial beatings, she does, on Rosa's death, see into the core of Rosa identity. Liesel remembers Rosa's kindness to Max and her excitement when she presents Liesel with Max's sketchbook.

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