The Book Thief

Explain why Rudy idolizes Jesse Owens and why this would have been a problem for him in the time and place that the action of the book is set.

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Rudy idolized Jesse Owens because he won four gold medals in the 1936 Olympics. This was a problem because blacks were not considered a part of Hitler's "Master Race."


The Book Thief