1. In Chapter 1, what did Alfons share about his family?
Alfons' family emigrated from France in 1770 to Wittlich, Germany. Alfons had a twin brother named Rudi. When his parents moved to Oberhausen, Alfons stayed behind and lived with his grandparents. His grandfather died when he was young, and he described his grandmother as an assertive and powerful woman.
2. What influence did Alfons' teacher, Herr Becker, have on him at a young age?
Alfons witnessed his teacher, Herr Becker, deliberately discriminate against the Jews in the classroom by making them sit in the corner. The children received a daily dose of nationalism and propaganda, influencing them to believe that Hitler meant a new Germany.
3. At an early age, what was Alfons conditioned to believe about the Jewish people?
At an early age, Alfons was conditioned to believe the German-Nordic race was superior. As a Catholic child, he was taught that the Jews killed Jesus, and to Alfons, that seemed worse than being Protestant.
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