What is the significance behind Assef’s birthday present for Amir?
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Assef gave Amir a book about Hitler.... his hero. This gift is significant because it illustrates Assef's beliefs about the elimination of what he considers inferior peoples (Hassan), and his justification for his persecution (and rape).
"Do you know what I will tell Daoud Khan the next time he comes to our house for dinner?" Assef said. "I'm gong to have a little chat with him man to man. Tell him what I told my mother about Hitler, Now, there was a leader. A great leader. A man with vision. I'll tell Daoud Khan to remember that if they had let Hitler finish what he had started, the world would be a better place now."
The Kite Runner