Right now I am reading the book: The Book Thief; By: Markus Zusak. I am connecting the Book to the Conflict of the Holocaust. In a Article I found by the History Channel I learned that: The word “Holocaust,” from the Greek words “holos” (whole) and “kaustos” (burned), was historically used to describe a sacrificial offering burned on an altar. Since 1945, the word has taken on a new and horrible meaning: the mass murder of some 6 million European Jews (as well as members of some other persecuted groups, such as Gypsies) by the German Nazi regime during the Second World War. To the anti-Semitic Nazi leader Adolf Hitler, Jews were an inferior race, an alien threat to German racial purity and community. After years of Nazi rule in Germany, during which Jews were consistently persecuted, Hitler’s “final solution”–now known as the Holocaust–came to fruition under the cover of world war, with mass killing centers constructed in the concentration camps of occupied Poland.
In the Book Thief it is based on Himmel Street in the town of Molching, Germany. The main character; Liesel Meminger is a German foster child; her mother left her to Hans Hubermann and Rosa Hubermann. Her brother died on the train ride to Molching. It reminds me of the fates of Jewish and non-Jewish children and how they died during WWII:
1) children killed when they arrived in killing centers
2) children killed immediately after birth or in institutions
3) children born in ghettos and camps who survived because prisoners hid them
4) children, usually over age 12, who were used as laborers and as subjects of medical experiments
5) children killed during reprisal operations or so-called anti-partisan operations
That is all I have gotten to so far; and I hope to update this soon whenever I am close to finishing the book.
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