" We can hear when the air raids are coming "
As well as placing listening devices on the frontiers, the German army employed look-outs in all major cities and urban areas, who sounded a siren when they saw enemy planes approaching. All lights in the target area would be extinguished, while radio announcements warned of the danger.
" They didn’t need a Luftschutzwarte "
The Luftschutzwarte was in charge of supervising and keeping calm and order in large air raid shelters.
" and many steps more to the concentration camp at Dachau. "
Dachau was the first concentration camp to be built by the Nazis.
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" And it’s perfect weather for a parade, don’t you think? "
In the following pages, Zusak recounts a fictionalised version of the story his mother told him, which was the inspiration for The Book Thief.