The Book Thief

In the book The Book Thief, words have the power to both destroy and save lives. Explain the significance of this statement.

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Words are ideas. They can reach far and wide. Like Hitler's evil Book Mein Kampf , they have the power to harden the heart and destroy people. Like Max's book, woods have the power to give hope and inspire. Words with positive meanings are precious ideas and ideas are bulletproof. The Nazis could burn books but they could not destroy the memory of the words that were in them.