War In The City Of Thief Analysis

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For several years, World War II had been raging in Europe. In 1945, German soldiers surrounded Russia and tried to choke off the train of supplies entering the country. Leningrad, Russia remained under constant bombing by German aircraft. Leningrad was a key location for Russia’s war efforts due to its manufacturing facilities and needed to stay functional. Lev Beniov was on the roof of his apartment building watching the anti-aircraft balloons above the city. It was on this night that a dead German paratrooper landed in front of Lev’s building. As the news reached all the boys and girls on the roof, they rushed down to examine and loot the dead soldier. Within minutes, Russian soldiers appeared. Lev’s friends deserted him and he was arrested and thrown into the Crosses. After spending the night, Colonel Grechko gave Lev a chance to redeem himself for his wrongs and save his life. Through …show more content…
After finding that his life had changed dramatically, he made the most of it and put forth effort to find the eggs for the colonel. It took some convincing by Kolya to move their efforts outside of Piter, which gave them a different perspective on the war, and how dangerous it really is. For these two boys, their focus was on finding the eggs for Colonel Grechko so that they could stay alive and get their ration cards back. The story of playing chess with the Einsatzgruppen general, shows how the fear of not surviving the war overcame their fear of facing a deadly general that could easily kill a Russian prisoner. Lev’s journey shows that it doesn’t take a soldier to act smart and survive the war. Lev proves in this story that he was willing to take on the colonels challenge and put his whole effort into the task. As the story evolves, Lev’s motives change slightly. However, the underlying fear of dying is always evident in his

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