We are introduced to many German families, beliefs, and traditions.
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Here in North America I have grown up seeing Germany largely through a lens of WW2. Movies and television frequently use German era WW2 as the status-quo for "evil" personified. As a child I wondered how all of Germany could have been as evil as the Nazis. I suspected that there had to be "good Germans" and, in time, I realized I was right. There were plenty of "good Germans" as part of the resistance or simply non-compliant with the Nazi regime. Unfortunately we don't get much of their stories in popular culture. The Book Thief just reinforced what I had known using vivid characters like Hans and Liesel. The book gave a face to the people I knew existed.