On the same day that Michael Holtzapfel is buried, Liesel goes over to Frau Holtzapfel's and reads to her. Hamburg is bombed that day, too, and Death has to carry 45,000 souls. Death reports on Germany's weakening, but he gives the Führer credit: Hitler doesn't slack off on his war making or his extermination and punishment of Jews. Many Jews remain in camps, and Max Vandenburg is one of them.
This chapter indicates the progress of the war and how Hitler, while on the defensive, continues to make war and exterminate and punish Jews. Death also reveals that Max Vandenburg has been caught.