Critical Thinking/Discussion Questions - Roman Mitelman

  1. In the transcript of Roman’s interview, he was asked if there was any antisemitism that he experienced. Roman responds with a detailed memory about his time in an orphanage. After you have listened to his story, write an essay that both summarizes and analyzes how Mitelman’s awareness of antisemitism affect his self-identity. Be sure to cite specific evidence to support your analysis from the film and transcript testimony.
  2. Roman Mitleman is quoted saying, “If we are vigilant enough, we need to use our experiences to make sure nothing like this happens again. Can we eradicate evil? I don't know, but we can sure work hard enough to try.”  Holocaust scholars often study the roles of ordinary people and the choices they made during this genocide.  Cite specific examples of ordinary people and the role they played in  Mitelman’s testimony.