Lesson 1 (from Book 1, Into That Darkness : Chapter 1)
Book 1, Into That Darkness : Chapter 1
Sereny described how she first met Stangl and provided a bit of background on his trials. Sereny talked about impressions and observations she noted about Stangl in this initial process. In the Preface, the author also provided reasons for taking on this biography. This lesson looks at the author's reasoning for this project and Stangl and Sereny's first day together.
1) Class Discussion: What does the author provide as a logic for taking on interviews with Stangl, former death camp Kommandant Franz D. Paul Stangl? When did they meet for the first time? How did Stangl respond to Sereny?
2) Group Discussions: Sereny quoted Wiesenthal's words about Stangl and then she talked about how her impressions of Stangl were different. What were her impressions? How were they different? Consider these differences and discuss why Sereny has a different impression of the man...
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