The Book Thief

Book Thief/ Part 7

why did the possible bombings of molching place max in particular danger

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Hans offers one of the Jews in the procession a piece of bread, and the man falls between Hans' feet crying and thanking him. The soldiers whip the Jew six times then whip Hans four times. Death remarks that the older Jew "would die like a human," but wonders "if that's such a good thing." Three other Jews fight over the piece of bread.

Some of the Germans abuse Hans and turn over his paint cart, but others silently help him to safety. Hans panics, worried that the Nazis would come to his house and find Max.