Part eight starts with Rudy’s parents refusing to let the Gestapo bring him to a Nazi training school. The Nazis .are trying to get him to join is because he is in amazing physical shape and be very mentally sharp. After this happens, Hans Hubermann gets accepted into the Nazi party, and the next Friday the is drafted into the German army. Alex Steiner is also drafted into the army as a punishment for not letting the Gestapo take Rudy. The night before Alex and Hans are to be shipped out to a training facility they both get extremely drunk and Hans ends up sleeping in the basement. As they are about to leave, Frau Holtzapelf shows a kinder side by telling Hans to come back soon.
Thankfully Hans is not shipped to the front lines; instead he is shipped to the Air Raid Special Unit. His job consists of cleaning up any area’s that have been hit during an air raid, supporting buildings that have not yet fallen, and finally collecting dead bodies. He also has to listen to the constant screams of people looking for their loved ones. The most horrifying thing he experiences is bringing an old man out of the dust alive, and having him die in his arms. Liesel and Rudy following in the footsteps of Hans, hand out bread to Jews marching through Munich and then hide in the trees. At one point they are spotted, thankfully, only Liesel gets caught, and is not severley punished.
After Max has been gone awhile Rosa gives Liesel a book that Max wrote, for her, but told Rosa not to give it to Liesel until she was ready. The book is called, The Word Shaker. The book details how Hitler came to power through using words to control and manipulate people. In addition, it stresses the importance to Liesel of how important it is for her never to forget the power of her words and actions. The book ends with Liesel deciding to give Rudy a Christmas present. She brings him into Alex Steiners, now deserted, suit shop. Here she gives him a navy blue suit to try on. Rudy then trips on a mannequin once he tries the suit on, and says he misses his dad. Liesel helps him back up and tells him merry Christmas.