It’s not difficult to find books and movies about Nazi Germany. A good majority of these stories focus on the victims of the Nazis. A few take a different standpoint, telling the stories of the ordinary Germans who, whether they liked it or not, were forced to live under Nazi rule.
Markus Zusak’s book, The Book Thief is about an ordinary young lady and her life during World War II. Liesel Meminger’s brother has recently died. Taken from her mother, she is given to Hans and Rosa Hubermann to raise as their foster daughter.
She soon learns to read and begins stealing books. Her foster parents are hiding a Jewish man. While externally following those around her, her internal growth and beliefs are contrary is what is being taught around her.
I haven’t seen the movie, but I enjoyed this book. It is a little slow, but when it gets going, it’s really good.