The Book Thief

Why did Hans Jr. accuse his father of cowardice? What was the "mistake" Papa had committed?

Did it have to do with him not being a follower of Hitler?

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Hans Senior is not a Nazi, and he blew his chance to join the party for painting over anti-Jewish slurs. The father and son argue fiercely; Hans Junior accuses his father of being disloyal to Germany and asks why Liesel isn't reading Hitler's book Mein Kampf. Hans Junior then calls his father a coward for doing nothing while "a whole nation cleans out the garbage and makes itself great."