Friedrich - "The Way to School (1933)" Summary & Analysis

Hans Peter Richter
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"The Way to School (1933)" Summary

Friedrich tells the narrator about a visit to a pediatrician to get his ears cleaned, but the doctor had given him some good-tasting medicine instead. They pass Dr. Jakob Askenase's office, and see someone has recently scrawled "Jew" across his sign in red paint. Knowing the doctor has no Saturday office hours, Friedrich rings anyway. After some small talk, the boys tell the doctor about the graffiti. He turns serious and sends them straight home. As they leave, the boys see people gathered at the corner and figure there has been an accident. The crowd is surrounding the stationary shop of Abraham Rosenthal, a kindly old man who allows the children to joke about him looking like a goat. A man in gray pants and a yellow shirt - with a swastika armband on his...

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