The Book Thief

Section 4

point out the irony of the following quotation: "In those days, they said the Jews preferred to simply stand and take things. Take abuse quietly and then work their way back to the top. Obviously, every Jew is not the same."

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That is the stereotype of Jews by some people. The irony is that the Jew we come t know the best, Max, is not submissive. He is a fighter who refuses to take any abuse. In the end he sacrifices his own well being by leaving the Hubermann house in order to protect them.