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This answer contains spoilers… (view spoiler)[I think she would still have a strong bond with Hans just because he is so good would kids but it may take longer for him to discover that she cannot read. Plus, the brother would have had to tag along on Rudy and Liesel's walk to school. Liesel would probably get less food because more mouths to feed. The boy was younger so he might accidently blab to everyone about Max. Honestly, having the brother out of the picture was for the best (hide spoiler)]
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