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Hence the book title, Liesel steals books; her peculiar hobby begins when her brother is buried and a young gravedigger drops a book. She steals it as a memory of her brother, though she is illiterate. With help from school and Hans Hubermann, she learns to read. Over a year later, she steals an abandoned book from a nazi book burning. The mayor's wife notices, and later invites Liesel in her library. When the mayor's wife fires Liesel's mother, Liesel starts to steal the books from her…

from Atlas Obscura

The Bebelplatz

The site of the famous Nazi book burning campaign of 1933 remembers its "Night of Shame"


"On May 10, 1933, German students under the Nazi regime burned tens of thousands of books nationwide. These book burnings marked the beginning of a period of extensive censorship and control of culture in Adolf Hitler's escalating reign of terror. In this short film, a Holocaust survivor, an Iranian author, an American literary critic, and two Museum historians discuss the Nazi book burnings and why totalitarian regimes often target culture, particularly literature."