why does Liesel have to call her foster parents mama and papa
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Liesel was basically an orphan and alone in the world. Her father was killed, her mother had left and her brother had died. The Hubermanns wanted to give Liesel a sense of place, a feeling of home and belonging. Liesel's parents were also outlaws of the Nazis and Hans wants to keep this a secret and avoid exposing Liesel to danger.