Historical Views-
The Book Thief, Night, and The Diary of a Young Girl

    The Book Thief and Night are told from totally different perspectives. The Book Thief is told from the perception of Death and tells the story of Liesel Meminger, and the Germans who were not in the concentration camps. However, Night is narrated by Elie Wiesel, a Jew who was taken from his home to the concentration camps. It is his story of his journey through the concentration camps and how he loses his family throughout World War II. The Book Thief and Night are both telling the experiences of young teenagers during World War II and how they dealt with Hitler and the cruel Nazis. Although they were in two very different situations, both main characters handle their experiences similarly. They tried to protect their families, Elie caring for his father and Liesel minded her foster parents, Max, and Rudy. 

     The Book Thief and The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank both tell the experiences of two young girls during World War II. Similar to The Book Thief and Night Liesel is a German enduring the war while Anne Frank is a Jew in hiding. Unlike Elie Weisel, Anne Frank’s family goes into hiding before the Nazis capture them. The Book Thief characters are actually aware and living the Holocaust and see the Jews walking through Molching, while Anne Frank’s family is hiding in Amsterdam and somewhat oblivious to the war. The Franks and the VanDaans live in the Secret Annex where the only information about the outside world is from Mr. Frank’s office staff communicating to them. Liesel and Anne are both afraid of the Nazis because they could hurt both their families and ruin their lives. Elie Weisel and Liesel both survived out of the treturous war, but Anne did not and had her story published by her father.

Learning Center 1 - The Jewish Yellow Star

Learning Center 2 - Joseph Goebbels

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