Of course it was a good idea for the Hubermanns to hide Max. Hans’ life was saved by Max’s father; he owed him at least that. Sure that was Hans’ debt to pay, but a family sticks together and should always support each other with whatever it is they decide to do. Hans shows Liesel how important it is to stay true to your word; a promise is a promise. Liesel seems to know in her heart that what was going on was not right but being so young she is not able to fully comprehend. Max coming to the house confirmed her thoughts and doubts. She was taught a very valuable lesson that a very small amount of children were able to learn during this awful time; what was taking place was not right in anyway. Bringing a Jew into their house if not exactly safe, however where in the time of World War 2 would be considered safe? People would not be suspicious as the Hubermann’s have a swastika in their window and Hans was applying to join the Nazi’s (even prior to Max’s arrival). By bringing Max into the Hubermanns household, many positive experiences and changes came from this. Liesel had a new friend; not just any friend but a friend that was able to understand her. Liesel was able to talk about the nightmares that had been haunting her for years, something she was never able to open up about before. They shared a bond over books and words. Rosa proved that she does have compassion and sympathy. Rosa being more sympathetic made the house more tolerable to live in. Max helped to bring the Hubermanns closer together as a family and even seemed to be a part of it himself. Most importantly, the Hubermann’s saved someone’s life. Jew or not, Max is still human and deserves to live. It was a good idea and the Hubermanns did the right thing.
Even though Max was a good friend to Liesel it was not a good idea for Hubermanns to take Max in. There was less food for them seeing as they also now had to feed Max. Liesel started to go hungry which lead her to start stealing for more food. Nowhere was really safe during World War II but 33 Himmel street became a lot less safe for Liesel with Max in it. If a Nazi where to find Max, Hans and Rosa would be taken away. Liesel had already lost Her mom and brother and it would be too hard on her to lose Hans and Rosa a swell.
Everyone was hungry in these hard times and the Hubermanns had enough food to survive. If it were an issue the Hubermanns would have been starving, but they were not and in fact never did they once complain. Liesel stole before Max even came to the house and most likely would have continued stealing with Max there or not for the rush she enjoyed ever so much..It was not necessary for Liesel to steal, it was her personal choice which was not influenced by Max. Liesel's whole life consists of risks and this just happens to be another one; one that was well worth it. True, she lost her mom and brother however Max helps fill the void of the brother she misses so dearly. Think of how it could have affected Liesel without Max. She would have never been able to open up about her nightmares or find someone who understands her as well as Max. It goes both ways; Liesel needs Hans and Rosa just as much as she needs Max.
Yes, it was a good idea for the Hubermanns to hide Max. Hans made a promise to Max’s mother, when his father died that if she needed anything he was there for her and Max. Bringing Max in their house and keeping him hidden showed that Hans is a loyal friend that keeps his promises. This also taught Liesel to keep a promise and to do what is morally right. It was not morally right that so many Jewish people suffer and died during World War 2. And that only a very few households did the right thing to protect human lives. People at the time put their family’s lives first and did whatever to protect them. People might argue that Hans is putting his family in danger by bringing Max into their house, but that just shows that there is hope. That people will stand for what they believe in even thought the consequence might be death. By hiding Max, the Humbermanns showed that they rather died and know that they have tried their best to do the right thing than to live and know that they could have done something but did not do anything. If there were more people in the world like that the world would be a better place.
It was not a good idea for the Hubermann's to hide Max. Max put the family's safety in jeopardy. For example, when the Nazi needed to check their basement Max had to hide because if he was found the family would have been punished. With Max at the Hubermann's house the family needed to do anything they could to take the suspicion off of them. Max left the mother, father, and daughter on edge and constantely worried they would be found out.
Secondly, his being there also forced Liesel to keep a secret. Liesel is a young girl and should not have been pressured to hide such information. She was also tempted to tell her best friend, Rudy, which also put the Hubermann's and Max in danger.
Finally, Max was another mouth to feed. At this time in Germany poverty was expected and families did not have much to eat, Max took away some of the limited nutrients Hans, Rosa, and Liesel had access to. For example, when Max was sick each member had another slice of bread and Liesel thought about how much she enjoyed the extras, though she would never say it aloud.
Max staying with the Hubermann's had many negative aspects making it a bad idea for him to hide there.
Hiding Max was a good idea because not only was he a good influence on Liesel but Hans owed it to Max's father for saving his life. Hans allowing in Max as soon as he showed up showed true bravery which affected Liesel in a good way. If Hans had not let Max in, Liesel would have never had the experience she did with a Jew. She would not have understood the true cruelty that was Hitler. Max hiding in the Hubermann household may have caused stress but balanced out. For example, Hans helped the Jew being walked to the concentration camp, Leisel developed a very real respect for Max and the Jewish people. Max also came back after the war to be with and spend time with Leisel and was able to live normally with Leisel which must have helped Leisel to cope with the death of everyone she knew. Hiding Max was the right thing to do because it influenced Leisel and the Hubermann's very positively.
Hiding Max was not a good idea for the Hubermann family. It put their life in danger. In Nazi Germany at the time, hiding a Jew was one of the worst things you could do. If their secret got out to the public their whole family would get in trouble. Even if Hans did make a promise many years ago, he shouldn’t risk his own wife and daughters safety for a stranger.
With Max in the house there is also one more mouth for Rosa to feed. Even before Max came, no one in the family was ever full eating pea soup every night so when they had to split it with Max, it was even less for them to live off of. Liesel ended up stealing food from farmers because she was so hungry.
When Max comes into their house, he is a complete stranger. They don’t know what diseases he could have. Since he is always cold and sleeping, he could have a fever. Also since he goes to the washroom in a bucket in the basement, Liesel is exposed to many new germs that could potentially harm her.
Hiding Max was a mistake for the Hubermanns.