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Jacob the Liar is an interesting story about ordinary people and their experiences in a Jewish ghetto in Poland during WWII The Jews are forced by the Nazis to live in the ghetto under very strict rules Jacob is a restaurant owner who gives hope to the Jewish people in the Nazi occupied Jewish ghetto by spreading rumors of impending liberation by the Soviet army The narrator is a third party person that is telling stories he has heard from other sources His recounts of the events are very descriptive which makes the reader wonder if the narrator is adding his own words The narrator even goes to the extreme off adding his own words by adding a false ending The must have known of Jacob and his stories about the radio but he did not know him personally He became aware of Jacobs story on the train heading to the concentration camp at the end of the book The reader then must assume that the narrator questions the other participants at the concentration camp or on the train to get the rest of the details of the story The main characters in the story are Jacob Lina Kowalski Miska and the radio Jurek Becker wittily put in other characters that emphasized the diversification of the Jews in the ghetto There was a famous layer that was only a quarter Jewish A famous doctor was even taken out of the ghetto to try to save the life of a top Nazi officer Famous actors were also characters in the story Miska is described as a tall muscular man that was a former boxer This description sounds a lot like the ideal Nazi Arian not what a sub-human would look like There are humanity issues in Jacob the Liar that the reader must deal with such as the Germans treating the Jews as sub-human or moral dilemmas that Jacob suffers because he is lying
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