The Book Thief timeline as compared with the historical timeline

The Historical timeline

Hitler Youth

Approx. 1930 - Approx. 1939

Hitler wanted all the youth in Germany to believe in the Nazi Government (Trueman). Hitler felt that the German educational system was inadequate and so he created Hitler Youth (Trueman). The youth's activities in the Hitler Youth would prepare them for war, and would ensure the next generation's belief in the Nazi Party (Trueman).

Book Burnings

1933 - 1945

Book burnings were part of the reign of Adolf Hitler (Cranny). The book burning represented the power that the Nazis had and how they dealt with ideas that were contradictory to the ideals of Hitler (Cranny).

Nuremberg Laws

September 15 1935 - September 2 1945

A law was passed at Nuremberg preventing any outside activities contrary to the Nazi ideals (Holocaust Encyclopedia). The Jews were not permitted Reich citizenship which meant not being able to work, have a business or freedom to live where they choice. A German would not be allowed to marry a Jew (Holocaust Encyclopedia).

Kristallnacht

November 9, 1938 - November 10, 1938

The Kristallnacht was a turning point during the Holocaust in Germany. The Kristallnacht, also known as the "Night of Broken Glass" refers to when the Jews were attacked in Germany. The Jews' homes were ransacked, their businesses were destroyed, and they were demolished in violence.

World War II

September 1, 1939 - August 15, 1945

Germany attacks Poland, starting a World War (Cranny). This war last for seven years until Germany and Japan ultimately surrendered to the Allied forces (Cranny).

Hitler's birthday

April 20, 1940

Hitler's birthday would be celebrations throughout Germany.

Air raids on Germany

1943 - 1945

In the thick of World War II, the Allies bomb German cities (Cranny).

Nazi death marches

January 18, 1945 - September 2, 1945

Jews were marched through German cities on their way to Nazi concentration camps (Holocaust Encyclopedia). During these marches, the Nazi's shot any prisoners who collapsed or couldn't keep pace with the march (Holocaust Encyclopedia). Thousands of prisoners died (Holocaust Encyclopedia).

The Book Thief timeline

Hitler Youth

Approx. 1930 - Approx. 1939

When Liesel turns ten years old she is enrolled in Hitler Youth.

Book Burnings

1933 - 1945

Liesel experiences a book burning during her time on Himmel Street. The book burning is also where Liesel steals her second book.

Nuremberg Laws

September 15 1935 - September 2 1945

Max and his family could no longer find jobs. Jewish businesses were closing down on Himmel Street.

Kristallnacht

November 9, 1938 - November 10, 1938

Businesses owned by Jews on Himmel Street are destroyed. Max leaves his home and family behind and goes into hiding.

World War II

September 1, 1939 - August 15, 1945

Children are running down the streets with newspapers in their hands, declaring that Germany is at war.

Hitler's birthday

April 20, 1940

There is a grand celebration on Himmel Street, and books are burned in the name of the Fuhrer.

Air raids on Germany

1943 - 1945

On Himmel Street, sirens are heard and everyone runs to the nearest bomb shelter. They stay there until they hear the sirens signaling that it is safe to come out. One night there is an accidental bombing and the sirens don't go off in time. Everyone on Himmel Street dies except for Liesel, who was writing in her basement.

Nazi death marches

January 18, 1945 - September 2, 1945

Jews were marched through Himmel Street on their way to a concentration camp. Liesel watches as these starving Jews are whipped into line, all with the look of death.

Works Cited

Cranny, Michael. “Canada and World War II.” Counterpoint: exploring Canadian issues. Ontario: Pearson Education Canada Inc., 2001. Print.
Holocaust Encyclopedia. "Death Marches." ushmm.org. Web.
Holocaust Encyclopedia. "Kristallnacht." ushmm.org. Web
Holocaust Encyclopedia. "The Nuremberg Race Laws." ushmm.org. Web.
Trueman, C.N. "Hitler Youth Movement." The History Learning Site. historylearningsite.co.uk. Web.