Death recurs throughout the novel and serves as a reminder of the effects of war and the consequences of the Nazi regime. Lewis and Racheal’s son, Michael, is killed by a stray bomb, thereby causing great pain the parents. Accordingly, Lewis indicates, “black crosses marked the places where bodies lay waiting to be buried” (Brook 16). The presence of dead bodies lying everywhere represents the effects of war, such as the loss of loved ones. The recurrence of death, particularly, Albert’s death, represent the end of the die-hard Nazi regime ‘88’ movement supporters and a new beginning of hope and reconstruction in Hamburg.