Critical Thinking/Discussion Questions - John Herzfeld

  1. John Herzfeld enjoys his childhood before the war in Berlin, Germany, the capital of the country. Pre-war Berlin was a very liberal and progressive city, as well as a place of great political unrest and turmoil.  How did John’s life change as the Nazi’s rose to power?
  2. John was training to be a physician, but the Nuremberg Laws forced him out of hospitals. Why did Nazis target professional Jews? What was John’s motivation for leaving Germany?
  3. ​Learn about Italy during the Nazi era using the Instructional Resources below. Compare what you learn to the description John Herzfeld gives regarding his experiences in Italy.

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