Max is a German Jew that the Hubermanns hide in their basement. Max is compared to a bird with his hair being the feathers. Max has a fighting spirit, which he uses to survive the hypothermia and the concentration camp he was put into.
Max Vandenburg was Like a best friend to Liesel. He showed Liesel the book he made. Max was a great friend to Liesel. He expressed his feelings through what he wrote. He explained how he had a "standover man".