Death takes readers outside of Molching for a moment to observe a Jewish man starving in a dark storage room. He sits on his suitcase and waits. His name is Max. An unnamed man comes to deliver food, an identity card tucked inside a book, a map with directions, and a key, and then he says he will return for Max in three days. Max knows where he is going, to a man named Hans Hubermann
Death reveals to us in this chapter who will be coming to 33 Himmel Street — a Jewish man who is in hiding. Prior to this chapter, Death has only hinted that someone will soon arrive and change everything, but now he reveals what has been a secret for so long. This recalls and reinforces other secrets in the novel, particularly the secret of Liesel's stealing and of Liesel and Hans's hatred for Hitler.