The Book Thief: Hitler Youth Choir Scene
  • History → World War II → Nazi Propaganda
  • History → World War II → Kristallnacht

The Hitler Youth Choir proudly sings a song that conveys the views of the Nazis during World War II. As the choir sings, Nazi officers ransack homes and destroy properties with sledgehammers in what is known as Kristallnacht, a response to the assassination of the Nazi German diplomat Ernst vom Rath by Herschel Grynszpan.

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  1. What ideas are the children expressing in their song?
  2. How do these ideas underpin the violence taking place in the juxtaposed scene?

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