Tag Archive: holocaust

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

By Raveeshna
The Book Thief
takes place in Germany before and during World War II.  The story is told from the point of view of Death which was something that I found intriguing.  Since this death is more interested in colors.  He finds the story of the Book Thief, Liesel Meminger, very interesting, and she brushes Death three times in her life.  The story starts with Liesel’s mother taking Liesel and her brother to live with foster parents Hans and Rosa Hbermann in Molching, as she cannot provide for them.  Her brother dies on the train and it is at his funeral that she steals her first book The Grave Digger’s Handbook which fell into the show, though she cannot read.  To her books seem to be something precious.  Although Rosa her mother often insults Liesel by calling her a “dirty pig” (saumensch in German), it is just her prickly way of showing affection.  Hans the father teaches Liesel how to read.  Liesel befriends Rudy Steiner, a boy who loves her and is also her best friend.  She continues stealing books from various sources, but mainly the library of Ilsa Hermann, the mayor’s wife.  She also steals once from a Nazi book burning, and during all this her foster family helps a Jewish man named Max Vandenburg, whose father saves Hans’ life during World War I and shows him her story the book she had begin writing about her life titled The Book Thief.  Although Max leaves Poland later due to problems i is Max hat will help her n the end.  This novel was one of the most moving.  It made me cry at the end actually but the fact is that the authors style gave the story  a hint of childishness to go along with the main character that made it even more moving.  The novel had a sense of innocence that one doesn’t typically find in this subject of the Holocaust.


Night by Elie Wiesel

By Rhea

Night, by Elie Wiesel, recounts the author’s memories of his time at a concentration camp.  During the Holocaust, Elie, his family, and other Jews from his neighborhood were taken to concentration camps.  Elie went to many camps, including Auschwitz, and he tells of the horrors he faced there.  After being separated from his mother and sister, Elie and his father had to work very hard in order to survive.  Conditions were terrible, and there was the fear of selections, when only the fit and strong were allowed to live.  It was a living nightmare for Elie and the others, and sometimes it seemed that the only escape was death.  Death took many from the camps, but others continued to persevere, hoping that they would soon be freed from the Nazis.  It was a horrible existence, but Elie somehow made it through and was able to record his tale.  Night is the life of Elie Wiesel.

Night is yet another book that Freshmen at Farmington High School read.  It is one of the saddest books I have ever read.  It is hard to believe that such a horrendous thing could ever have happened.  It is hard to believe that this book is a memoir, a true story, and not a made up novel.  The book is filled with sadness, and shows exactly what a person is capable of doing in order to survive.  Like I said before, this is an immensely sad book.  Even if Freshmen requirements change and they no longer have to read this, one must still read this book.  It is an absolute must read!