Character List and Analysis
Hans is Liesel's foster father, her Papa. He is a very tall man who walks upright, plays the accordion, and has silver eyes. His quiet, gentle nature is what wins Liesel over, and Death tells us that he is the one Liesel loves most. He is a painter who doesn't agree with the acts of the Nazi Party, but applies for membership to keep up the appearance of loyalty so that he can protect his family. He has been able to evade Death multiple times, and he is a well-liked man in Molching, except for those who call him a Jew lover. He is a talented accordion player and often plays for patrons in the local bars. Liesel associates his accordion playing with safety. He sits with Liesel and teaches her to read during midnight lessons and also during afternoon lessons by the Amper River. He is there for her whenever she has nightmares. In the absence of Liesel's mother, Hans becomes Liesel's main source of security.