The words lolled about in his mouth as he read them. This caused problems with his father, Hans. Liesel did not let Hans down, because she would never do anything to endanger her Mama and Papa. Ilsa gives Liesel a blank book and encourages her to write, and not to live the rest of her life in despair. In many ways, Liesel and Frau Hermann are able to save one another. She is assigned to write a letter to someone for school and at first, she doesn't take it seriously. But after Max came and Hans left for the war, my view changed for her.
She imagines Ilsa's face becoming physically battered by Liesel's cruel invective. Frau Hermann leaves other gifts — cookies and a dictionary. She has two sons serving in the German Army in Russia, Michael and Robert. Kurt Steiner Rudy's older brother. In the end, Rosa stops the abuse. Just give him five more minutes and he would surely fall into the German gutter and die.
Rosa thinks about her husband constantly, and the thoughts about him make her have the debate in her mind of is he alive or dead. Liesel's father was taken away by the Nazis for being a Communist, and Paula meets the same fate. She expects a lot of of Liesel and demands that certain things are done by her. On the second attempt, she was able to swallow it and enjoy the taste of a glorious broken rule. Death is constantly being followed by the souls he has taken.
Robert Holtzapfel One of Frau Holtzapfel's sons. With absolute misery, she repeated it. Her plump figure glowed with worry. While not a character in the novel per se, Hitler's propaganda and its consequences -- the war, the Holocaust -- functions as the novel's central antagonist. This was when Liesel stole her second book.
Rosa informs Liesel about Max getting better because she cares about Liesel and does not want to have her daughter become upset and worried. Ilsa Hermann The mayor's wife. Love and care are depicted when she Mrs. The first part of him she saw was his shoulder, and through the slender gap, she slowly, painfully, inched her hand in until it rested there. An amateur accordion player, Hans is a tall, gentle man with a remarkable amount of integrity and bravery -- Hans' compassion sets a strong example for Liesel, who is soothed by his presence. He had to be sure Liesel would keep the secret so the whole family and Max would be safe.
Reinhold Zucker A 23-year-old member of Hans' Air Raid Special Unit. He retaliated by throwing a snowball in her face and the rest is history. Pfiffikus An ornery old man with a habit of whistling. He carries with him the guilt of leaving his family behind in Stuttgart and the guilt of jeopardizing Hans, Rosa and Liesel. Able Rosa is an able woman. Of all the things to save him.
Ludwig Schmeikl A classmate of Liesel's. Although something inside told her that this was a crime — after all, her three books were the most precious items she owned — she was compelled to see the thing lit. Vulgarity is a major part of Rosa's life and exhibits it when Liesel first comes to the Hubermann's home. And let's face it—Rosa is down-right abusive with her wooden spoons and her constant scolding and criticism. That's why she could climb higher than anyone else. As the girl shook and sagged on the steps, he sat next to her and held his face in his hands.
One such word shaker was a small, skinny girl. She had no idea what the book was about, because she at this point in her life, could not read. This celebration reminds me of when a president comes to a small town or city. The day of the announcement, Papa was lucky enough to have some work. Although she will never be to Liesel what Hans is, she becomes a beloved figure—and even a role model. He has given back Liesel's book to her and she is with her family and friends once again. Markus Zusak writes unlike any other.
Hans Junior Hans and Rosa's only son. Rudy Steiner Liesel's best friend. All told, she owned fourteen books, but she saw her story as being made up predominantly of ten of them. It is one of the small legion I carry, each one extraordinary in its own right. The Book Thief centers around the life of Liesel Meminger, a nine-year-old girl living in Germany during. Erik's death comes at Max is very young. Otto Sturm A classmate of Liesel's who delivers food to the church every week.