Theme 3: Every culture goes through similar struggles.
Evidence /Analysis: "The Germans in basements [during the bombing] were pitiable, surely, but at least they had a chance. That basement was not a washroom. They were not sent there for a shower. For those people, life was still achievable" (Zusak 319). This was stated during the bombing. It is relating to how The Jews were sent to "the showers" when it really was a gas chamber. The Germans in the basement is a similar occurrence. Both cultures are waiting to die; the only difference is that the Jews had no hope but the Germans did. Generally, The Jews and the common German went through a similar struggle at some times (proving cultures endure similar struggles). Obviously the Jews had it worse but some struggles were similar.
Analysis: In the movie "The Boy in the Striped Pajamas," the gas chamber is disguised as the showers. It is the final scene in the movie and shows the brutal ending of many Jews lives'. Everyone was put in the showers unknowingly of their true fate. This is similar to how the Germans were forced to go into a basement during bombings. Both cultures died in similar ways; The Germans at least had hope of living. The average German and the Jews were very different, but they had a shockingly similar struggle.
Summative: Emotions are amplified when you are young.