Fatherland Topics for Discussion

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Xavier March had been a successful U-boat officer early in his military career. Discuss March's current state of mind and possible reasons for his dissatisfaction with life in the Third Reich.

Compare and contrast the characters of Xavier March and Max Jaeger. Why was March chosen to lead the Buhler investigation and not Max?

Even at the end of the novel when March faces impossible odds for survival he still attempts to fight. Discuss the nature of his character and what it is that drives him.

Discuss the feasibility of the German people not knowing about the Holocaust by the year 1964 when the story takes place?

Discuss the implications all over the world in 1964 if the information of the Holocaust were to be revealed.

March's greatest sorrow is the indoctrination of his son, Pili, into the Nazi way of thinking and living. What do you think will...

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