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Children in Munich, 1937
Creative Commons Attribution Share AlikeChildren in Munich, 1937 - Credit: Deutsches Bundesarchiv


Munich (München) is a city of just over 5 million residents, the third largest in Germany. It is the capital of Bavaria.  

Munich was the birthplace and headquarters of the NSDAP (Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei, commonly known as the Nazi Party). It was also the location for the first concentration camp (see below).

The city suffered heavy bombing during the war, and was subjected to 71 air raids by allied forces over the six years. It was meticulously rebuilt after the war.

The story of The Book Thief takes place in the fictional town of Molching, just outside Munich.