The Book Thief

Why does Steiner avoid dealing with it? Have you ever had this feeling?

On page 59, the narrator describes “The Contradictory Politics of Alex Steiner,” Rudy’s father. He describes “an itch in [Steiner’s] heart,” which Steiner avoids “scratching.” What is this itch?

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I think Rudy's father knows the Nazi ideology is faulty and wrong. Ironically his son knows this much better and stands behind what is right. Mr. Steiner is too afraid to look beneath the Nazi propaganda and see the ugly hell staring back at him.