THE BOOK THIEF: THE MOVIE
The Summer of My German Soldier....................9
Chapter 1: Main Characters
Hans is Liesel's loving adoptive father. When Liesel first arrives, he helps her feel welcomed and adjust to her new home. When Hans discovers Liesel is illiterate, he teaches her how to read and gives her lessons in their basement. Hans is a kind man who puts the needs of others before others. As a hobby, Hans enjoys playing the accordian, which he learned while he was serving in the first World War.
Rosa is Liesel's adoptive mother who is known for showing Liesel tough love. When Liesel first arrives, she feels unwelcomed by Rosa. However, the two develop a better bond throughout the movie. Rosa acts very strict and washes the mayor's laundry for a living.
A courageous young girl who is illiterate at the beginning of the story and is teased by her classmates about it. She learns to read and develops a deep passion for literature. Liesel was sent to live with foster parents because her mother was a communist. As the story progresses, she begins to question Hitler and her support for him.
The son of late Erik Vandenburg, a Jewish man who had brefriended Hans Hubermann and saved Hans' life during World War I. Erik had taught Hans how to play the accordian and asked that Hans repay him in the future by hiding his son Max during the Holocaust. While staying at the Hubermann's he befriends Liesel and shares his love of literature with her.
Rudy is Liesel's best friend who constantly pesters her for a kiss because he secretly loves her. He enjoys running track and admires Jesse Owens. One day, Rudy was caught on the running tracks with dirt smeared all of over his body pretending to be Jesse Owens. He gets reprimanded for idolizing Jesse Owens because of Jesse's race. Rudy is considered the perfect Aryan child with his blonde hair and blue eyes.
Chapter 2: Characters (continued)
Liesel is often sent to the mayor's home to deliver his clothes because Rosa washes his laundry. When she is there, she often avoids the mayor's wife, Ilsa Hermann, as she fears that Ilsa will confront her about the stolen book. One day, Ilsa beckons Liesel to follow her. Contrary to what Liesel thought Ilsa was going to do, she shows her the library of her late son. She urges Liesel to visit anytime and borrow as many books as she wishes. However, soon after Germany declares war on England, the mayor requests that Rosa stopped doing their laundry. Rosa is suprised by his request and begins stressing about money.
Around Christmas time, it begins snowing. Since Max arrived at the Hubermann's home, he had not been outside and had been relying on Liesel to describe the weather for him. As a suprise, Liesel and Hans brought snow into the house so Max could experience the weather for himself. Despite the fun Max had with the snow, he fell deathly ill afterwards and became unconscious. He was barely alive and was thought to die soon. As an attempt to keep Max alive, Liesel would read to him. Eventually, Liesel ran out of books in her own home and decides to steal from the mayor's home. One day, Rudy followed Liesel and discovered her adventures to the mayor's library. While running from Rudy, Liesel drops Max's journal and Rudy asks her about it. After much pestering, Liesel reveals to Rudy about Max. A nearby Hitler youth member notices Liesel and Rudy talking and approaches them. He overhears Rudy promising he wouldn't tell anyone and becomes suspicious. When Liesel and Rudy refuse to tell him their secret he throws Max's journal into the river. Rudy fetches it for Liesel and the two walk home together.
Chapter 3: Plot (continued)
Several days later, a group of Nazis arrive in Molching. While playing soccer outside, Liesel overhears that the Nazis were checking basements. She quickly rushed home to warn her family just as a Nazi started to approach their home. While Rosa and Liesel stalled the officer upstairs, Hans hid Max underneath a Nazi flag in the basement. The Nazi officer did not find Max and quickly left. Despite Max being unseen, he was still deathly sick. However, while Liesel was at school one day, Rosa pulled her out of class to inform her that Max had regained consciousness and that he would live. That night, Molching was bombed and the citizens had to hide in a bomb shelter. With no one around, Max took advantage of the oppurtunity and went outside to enjoy the fresh air.
The next day, Hans was walking down the street when he noticed a Jewish man being taken away by Nazis. Hans attempted to talk the officers out of taking away the man. Not only did Hans fail, but he was knocked to the ground and the Nazi took a record of his name. He went home in fear of the Nazi knowing his name. Hans expected to be punished for his actions so he quickly urged Max to find a safer hiding place. Max leaves and promises Liesel that she would see him again. A couple days later a Nazi arrives to inform Hans he was to serve in the war even though he was a veteran. However, he arrived back home only a couple days later due to an injury he had aquired after the truck he was in flipped. Only after things start looking up, tragedy strikes again and Liesel is once again left alone.
Chapter 3: Plot (continued)
"Summer of My German Soldier" is the story of a young Jewish girl named Patty Bergen and a German soldier named Anton. The two meet when Anton is brought to a camp in Patty's hometown, Jenkinsville, Arkansas, as a POW (Prisoner of war). Patty is the daughter of the owner of the town's department store and is not loved by her parents. They constantly criticize Patty for not reaching their expectations and compare her to her sister. This fuels Patty's craving for her parents' approval and affection. Patty first meets Anton when he arrives at her father's shop looking to buy a straw hat. However, they do not meet again until Anton escapes from the prisoner camp. Patty hides Anton in her hideout above her father's garage. The two become friends and Patty discovers that Anton did not support the Nazis.
The news of an escaped POW spreads quickly and the FBI soon become involved. Reporters are brought into town and an investigation takes place. One day, Anton sees Patty getting beaten by her father and attempts to run out to save her. Anton was able to run back to the hideout without being seen by Patty's father. However, Patty believed it was no longer safe for Anton in Jenkinsville and helps him escape. He leaves and gives her a ring to remember him. When Patty's father discovers the ring, a whirl of events lead to a tragic ending.
Summer of My German Soldier
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