The Book Thief

What was the significance of the three colors (white, black, red) associated with each instance that Death saw the girl?

Prologue (pgs. 3—15)

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Death explains that these three colors -- red, white, black -- most resonate with its memories of Liesel, and draws them on the page as a dash of red, a circle of white, and a swastika for black. These are the colors and symbols of the Nazi flag; the implication is that Nazism is responsible for the deaths in these three episodes.