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Unformatted text preview: DAY, 1940
Against all hopelessness, Liesel still checked the mailbox each afternoon, throughout March and well into April.
This was despite a Hans-requested visit from Frau Heinrich, who explained to the Hubermanns that the foster
care office had lost contact completely with Paula Meminger. Still, the girl persisted, and as you might expect,
each day, when she searched the mail, there was nothing.
Molching, like the rest of Germany, was in the grip of preparing for Hitler’s birthday. This particular year, with
the development of the war and Hitler’s current victorious position, the Nazi partisans of Molching wanted the
celebration to be especially befitting. There would be a parade. Marching. Music. Singing. There would be a
While Liesel walked the streets of Molching, picking up and delivering washing and ironing, Nazi Party
members were accumulating fuel. A couple of times, Liesel was a witness to men and women knocking on
doors, asking people if they had any material that they felt should be done away with or destroyed. Papa’s copy
of the Molching Express announced that there would be a celebratory fire in the town square, which would be
attended by all local Hitler Youth divisions. It would commemorate not only the Führer’s birthday, but the
victory over his enemies and over the restraints that had held Germany back since the end of World War I.
“Any materials,” it requested, “from such times—newspapers, posters, books, flags—and any found
propaganda of our enemies should be brought forward to the Nazi Party office on Munich Street.” Even Schiller
Strasse—the road of yellow stars—which was still awaiting its renovation, was ransacked one last time, to find
something, anything, to burn in the name of the Führer’s glory. It would have come as no surprise if certain
members of the party had gone away and published a thousand or so books or posters of poisonous moral matter
simply to incinerate them.
Everything was in place to make April 20 magnificent. It would be a day full of burning and cheering.
And book thievery.
In the Hubermann household that...
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This note was uploaded on 01/17/2014 for the course ENG 99 taught by Professor Michal during the Winter '13 term at CSU Sacramento.
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