Summary and Analysis Part 4: The Standover Man: Pages from the Basement


Through The Standover Man, Max illustrates how he feels about Liesel, and their affection for and understanding of one another grow. The fact that Max chooses to paint this story over the pages of Mein Kampf symbolizes how the story of Max and Liesel’s relationship and are more powerful than Hitler’s story. In many ways, Liesel saves Max by offering him her love and friendship during a time when the Nazi Party is hunting him, forcing him into hiding.