The Book Thief

Why were the middle aged Alex Steiner and Hand Hubermann drafted?

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In early November, Hans' application to join the Nazi Party is approved, several years after submission. Two days later, Hans is drafted into the German army, which is desperate for new recruits following severe losses against the Soviet Union. Rudy's father Alex Steiner is also drafted.


why were the middle-aged Alex Steiner and Hans Huberman drafted?