The Book Thief Museum

The Book Thief Museum:

The Book Thief Museum Presentation:

PHYSICAL DESIGN-  

This Museum shows many amazing artifacts from the novel The Book Thief”. This Museum is designed to show the artifacts as a memorial of the events that occurred in the book, as well as artifacts that relate to the book, such as the movie “The Book Thief”. The main hall displays a sample of the original book by Markus Zusak, as well as a poster of the film. A display is set at the very end of the hall, which plays the trailer of the film. There are two squares like walls on each end of the hall, which showcase several artifacts that stand out throughout the book. The original copy of these artifacts/art pieces are displayed on one side of the wall and a smaller replica is on the other. The walls are painted white so that they are not a distraction to the art pieces/artifacts and it also represent the colour of the pages of a book. The floor colour is grey to show that this novel takes place in an older time period. The formation of the museum is complex like the life of Liesel and the plot in the novelThe guests are first led to the “setting of the novel” section and are given a chance to learn about the book. The guest then let to the hall to look at the artifacts and leave the exhibit after going through the gift shop.  

MERCH- 

Paragraph for the face mask: 

One of the items in The Book Thief Museum gift shop is a mask because during COVID-19, face masks have been highly recommended to wear to stop the spread of the disease. Many establishments including grocery stores, malls, and recreation centres have made them a requirement upon entry. A picture of the setting (Molching, Germany) is the image displayed on the mask as well as the name of the museum. The title of the museum is important because it shows where this merch is coming from. The town of Molching is significant because it is one of the only towns that this story takes place in and the location influences the story. As well as that, Molching is where Liesel met her foster parents, and two best friends. Molching is also the location where Liesel got her love for reading and stealing. The Book Thief Museum is based in the capital of Germany, Berlin. This makes the design of the mask relatable to the story and has a similarity in location to where The Book Thief Museum is, relating back to the exhibit. 

Paragraph about Vans: 

Shoes are an essential item for those living in Berlin because of the generally cooler climate and cultured clothing of the people. The Book Thief Museum is in the capital of Germany, Berlin, and the shoe design fits the style of some who live there. These Vans reflect the exhibit they are in by showing their worth in a frame/display case. Items in a display case or frame tend to be more expensive and therefore need to be kept from public hands. These Vans are custom, making them more expensive, but worthwhile for those who visit the museum because they usually have a love for the book. Selling a necessary item with a design the customers love is very simple compared to selling an unnecessary item, and that is why shoes are a good piece of merch. The design, colours, patterns, text, and image on the shoes reflect the novel in so many ways. The colour army green, as well as the army print represent WWII throughout the story and with that the black represents the older times of the time period. The shoes have comfy soles so they can be worn often and used for many activities. The title “The Book Thief” is included to show the name of the novel and a book icon is included to show the main subject of the novel. Overall, these shoes represent the theme and message of this book through different meaningful symbols, colours and patterns. 

Paragraph about the grave diggers handbook notebook merch: 

This item of merch is a notebook inspired by The Grave Digger’s Handbook. The notebook is an essential piece of merchandise to this museum because the whole museum is based on the novel The Book Thief and in that story, the protagonist steals a series of books one being the grave digger’s handbook. The Grave Digger’s Handbook was crucial to the novel after the death of Liesel’s brother. The handbook was written as ” A Twelve-Step Guide to Grave-Digging Success” (Zusak, pg. 21 and 22). Following the death of her brother while mourning at the gravesite Liesel stole the grave digger’s handbook. This was important for many reasons, one of them being it was her first book which led to her passion for reading. It was also important because it was the first item Liesel had stolen soon to be followed by many more. The image on the notebook is a man digging a grave, representing an image that could have been on “The Grave Diggers Handbook”. The colors of the notebook are grey and black to show the darkness that Liesel was facing during this time. Since books are essential to the museum and the story is based around them, it was important that they were represented in the merchandise. The notebook is displayed in a glass display case to help show the importance to it. The notebooks simple design reflects the simple design of the museum. Overall, this notebook is valuable because of its significance in the novel and museum. 

THE GOOD STUFF- 

Paragraph for the accordion: 

The accordion is significant in the novel “The Book thief” because Hans, Max, and Liesel all enjoy it. Hans introduced the accordion to Liesel when they first met and from then on, the sound always made her happy. The significance increases even more when it’s the only item that Liesel can find after the bombing of Molching. Although the accordion is very wrecked, she still cherishes it. The accordion is important to the story because it is a prize possession of Liesel’s foster family. Hans was taught the accordion in WWI; he even carried the accordion when he entered the war.  To conclude, this musical instrument is important to the novel because the main characters love it, and it makes them feel more relaxed considering the circumstances. 

Paragraph about Bombing of Molching online painting: 

War is a significant portion of this book and adds to the overall message of the story is more ways than are countable. This painting reflects the exhibit by showing its importance through being in a frame and taking up a large portion of the wall. The scene that has been painted is the bombing of Molching by either Britain or the USA at the end of the novel. This painting reflects the novel through the colours, the mood, the symbols and the scene. In this painting the Nazi flag is a symbol for a dying Germany and the plane with bombs is a symbol for death. These symbols reflect the novel because the scene painted is an actual event that occurred. The colours of the painting reflect the novel because grey is a dull, sad, gloomy colour and red is usually the colour associated with death. The fire burning under the Nazi flag shows the destruction that the Nazi party’s ideologies have caused to Germany and its citizens. In the painting the colours and textures used show, “…the red sky still showering its beautiful ash…” (Zusak, pg. 358). This painting reflects the end of the novel with its use of colour and symbols representing the loss that has occurred. 

Paragraph about the art piece of the book burning:  

In the novel The Book Thief, a book burning occurs where Liesel steals a book that adds to her stealing obsession. This art piece shows the book burning because it is a significant part of Liesel’s character development throughout the novel. Book burnings have taken place in history and were a crucial event in the novel. These book burnings were created out of hatred often towards different political, cultural, or religious groups (in the case of “The Book Thief” antisemitism). On Hitler’s birthday, a book-burning took place where they would burn all the books created by Jewish authors. Book burnings were very important because books were an important symbol in the novel and so was antisemitism. Liesel steals the book from the burning after finding out that Hitler is behind the separation of her from her mother. After her foster parents, Hans and Rosa tell her Liesel says, “’ I knew it’ The words were thrown at the steps and Liesel could feel the slush of anger, stirring hotly in her stomach. ‘I hate the Führer,’ she said, ‘I hate him’’’ (Zusak, pg.78). This led Liesel to steal a book from the burning out of anger and vengeance. Thieving the book was Liesel’s way of rebelling against Hitler and was a turning point in the novel because it showed a change in Liesel’s point of view. 

Paragraph about the soccer ball artifact: 

Soccer is a significant part of the story because it is a game that is thoroughly enjoyed by the kids of Himmel Street including the main character, Liesel. This soccer ball from the 1940s is used in The Book Thief by Liesel and her neighbours. In the novel, soccer was important to Liesel. Playing soccer on the street with the kids of Himmel Street was a time where she could have fun and meet new friends. Soccer was also a good distraction from the war and hardship facing Liesel. Soccer was central in the theme of the novel, where many important things happened. Liesel met a boy named Rudy while playing soccer, he later became her best friend and partner in crime. Liesel was also playing soccer when she deliberately hurt herself as a diversion to protect Max, a Jewish boy hiding in Liesel’s basement. Overall, soccer was vital to Liesel for many reasons not only did she create friendships, but she also used it as a distraction from her own life. 

Paragraph about The Nazi Flag: 

The Nazi flag represents German pride and persecution of Jews. The Nazi flag is a significant artifact in The Book Thief Museum because the novels setting is in Munich, Germany, during WWII (a time and location where Nazi’s were dominant). The Nazi flag also symbolizes hard times such as extreme hunger, having no money, war, fear and the dehumanizing and killing of Jews.  Every German family needs to have one to show their support and love for Hitler and his party because during the time period of this novel the Nazi party is in control of Germany. It seemed as if the family was going to get in trouble when “The Hubermann’s couldn’t find their flag. ‘They’ll come for us,’ Mama warned her husband. ‘They’ll come and take us away.’” (Zusak, pg. 70 and 71). During this time, it didn’t matter your opinion about the party; you had to support it. Therefore, the Nazi flag is included as an important artifact from this novel. 

PROFILES- 

Paragraph about Liesel: 

Liesel Meminger is important to the novel because she is the main character, and all the events are related back to her in some way. She is the protagonist of the novel; and is also a round character. Some examples of different traits Liesel possess are sadness over her brother’s death, kindness towards Max, and anger towards some of her classmates. Liesel starts as a 10-year-old girl who just lost her brother on the train to Molching, Germany. She was on the way to meet their foster parents Rosa and Hans Hubermann. When grave diggers were putting her brother in his grave, she saw that one of them dropped their “Gravediggers handbook” and she took it. This is when her love for reading and stealing began.  We placed the picture of Liesel in the setting room because this room really helps people who haven’t read the book get an understanding of who the characters are and what the setting of the story looks like.  We also placed her across from Rudy because Rudy and Liesel are best friends. Liesel is included in the museum because she is the protagonist, she is part of almost all the events in the novel, and she is one out of two of the main characters that are alive that the end of the novel. 

Paragraph about Hans Huberman: 

Hans Hubermann is a main, static, and round character in the novel, “The Book Thief”. He is patient, caring, generous, and friendly. Hans Huberman’s main physical trait are his silver eyes. He is married to Rosa Huberman and is the father of Trudy and Hans Huberman Junior. Hans is an amazing foster parent, and he shows this by playing the accordion to Liesel when she is having a hard time or having a bad dream. Another great contribution Hans made to Liesel’s life is teaching her how to read therefore developing her love for books but also her love for stealing them. Besides being a good father for his family, he was one of the rare people who was not brainwashed by the Nazi Party. Hans never mistreats Jews and doesn’t let other people suffer; his empathy though, puts him and his family in danger. Luckily the Nazi party did not find out he was hiding Max, a Jew, in his basement. Hans was known as a Jew lover by fellow Germans for many different instances where he helped them out, so he was punished and had to serve in a hazard area as an air raid recovery unit. He survives the war, but death takes him at the end of the story when the air raids hit Molching. Hans Huberman belongs in the museum because he has a significant role in Liesel, the main characters, life. Hans Huberman was placed in the same room as Rudy and Liesel because they’re important characters in the story. He is also placed beside Rudy because they both share a great love for Liesel. Furthermore, Hans Hubermann contributed to the novel in more ways than countable making him an important character that is necessary for keeping the book interesting.  

Profile Rudy:

 Rudy is kind and loyal, specifically when it comes to Liesel. He cares about her, and he often sticks by her side and tries to protect her if necessary. Rudy helps his friend, or at least tries to, and never shies away from protecting others because he’s worried about being punished or hurting himself. There are many conflicts within the story caused by Hitler and the Nazis, but Rudy supports his friends and those who are important to him as much as he can. He is an important friend to Liesel, and the time Liesel spends with him affects Liesel’s personality throughout the book. Hans influenced Liesel by teaching her many things, but Rudy influenced Liesel by spending time with her and sharing ideas. Rudy was placed near Liesel because of their close friendship. He was also placed close to Hans because Rudy and Hans both share a love for Liesel. As you can see, Rudy is an important character in the novel because of his close relationship with Liesel, the protagonist. 

Setting-

The novel “The Book Thief” takes place in the fictional town of Molching, Germany near Munich. Throughout this novel, WWII starts and finishes making the location significant. The house of Liesel, the main character, is on Himmel Street, which is “a street filled with relatively poor people” (Zusak, pg. 33). This causes the overall emotional setting to be filled with suffering, sadness, and hard times. In Molching there are many air-raids by American and British bomber pilots, adding fear and an unknown future to the emotional setting. Liesel makes friends with a Jew in hiding and this wouldn’t be possible if the location of the novel was different. The war caused many people to die in this novel, making loss and hope for better times very prominent. Overall, this books setting is sad because of the time period and physical setting of the novel. 

Paragraph about Ad Campaign:  

This specific ad campaign for The Book thief Museum would be effective because it targets book lovers throughout Berlin and book lovers are the target audience. To do this, paper ads would be placed in bookstores, libraries, rec centers, malls and in parks around Germany (specifically Berlin where the museum is located). If you need more information about the museum, you can easily access to our commercial videos on any of these social media such as YouTubeSnapchat and Spotify.These areas are common places that young people and readers hangout allowing more target people to view the posters and watch the commercialWe would also put online ads on dictionary and thesaurus websites as well as on Instagram and YouTube. This museum is targeted for ages 15+ because there are not many art pieces/artifacts that anyone younger would find interestingAdmission costs 20 euros for adults and 10 euros for teenagers/kids because there is only one of The Book Thief Museum in the world. Another reason for the pricing is there are many rare artifacts contained in the museum that were very expensive to buy and this museum is privately owned, so the owners need to make their money back. For experiencing something different and see your favorite book in the real life our teams are so happy to hostess you guys to our museum campaign. 

Parts of the project I did:

For our project the parts that I completed were creating 1 art piece and 1 artifact for the good stuff (soccer ball and painting of book burning) and writing paragraphs for both of them. I also made one item of merch (the notebook) and spoke about it in the video. We all played a part in the introduction I spoke in it and I also edited it. I also found the pictures for the setting paragraph. We all worked together to edit all of our paragraphs. We each read everyones paragraphs to make sure they were perfect.

Citations:

https://www.vans.ca/customizer.comfycush-slip-on.html (Vans image)

Image on grave diggers handbook merch: https://sites.google.com/site/thebookthieflis763/the-grave-digger-s-handbook 

Soccer ball image: https://www.1stdibs.co.uk/furniture/more-furniture-collectibles/collectibles-curiosities/sports-equipment-memorabilia/vintage-1940s-leather-football-soccer-ball/id-f_15880762/ 

Picture on face mask merch – https://www.geni.com/projects/Kielbasin-Transit-Camp/11018 

Accordian- https://images.reverb.com/image/upload/s–N0xQBh1L–/a_exif,c_limit,e_unsharp_mask:80,f_auto,fl_progressive,g_south,h_620,q_90,w_620/v1482771698/j5aiccidgp0mhue3aeik.jpg 

Drawing of The Whistler book cover- https://booklife-resized.s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/64fb69fb984612bbc500287a55f19c0d-w204@1x.jpg 

https://www.dreamstime.com/illustration/bomber.html (Bomber plane image on bombing of Molching painting)

https://www.dreamstime.com/royalty-free-stock-photo-smiley-face-image1166295 (smiley face image on note to Isla Hermann)

https://www.pinterest.ca/pin/3025924738562518/ (note image)

https://www.warrelics.eu/forum/flags-banners-pennants/nazi-flag-55882/  (Nazi flag image)

Molching after the air raid: (https://www.sutori.com/story/the-book-thief–nnfzt8RNwxR1NB5g74HopYyf) 

Himmel street in Molching: https://www.arcgis.com/apps/MapJournal/index.html?appid=5a96b49350d4493ea5e8d248b096d34b 

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