During WWI, Hans meets Erik at camp before going to war. They didn't have a lot in common other than not wanting to be at war, and that they both intended to make it home. Unfortunately,only Hans did after Erik practically saved his life.
As Max tries to act normal, like a normal German, he frantically things of the future and all that could go wrong if he is caught or turned in.
After Max makes it to the Huberman's house safely, he sleeps for three hours straight. Whenever he wakes up suddenly after a dream, he is startled to see Liesel watching over him.