When Mother learns that Jews are being exterminated at the camp, she questions her husband. “How can you?” she asks. He responds: “Because I’m a solider.” Contrast these two perspectives.

                Mother disagrees with what Father and the other soldiers are doing to the Jews. She feels it is wrong and that her husband shouldn’t be part of it. Mother questions her husband and asks him how he could do something as cruel as that. “It’s horrible, just horrible. I can’t stand it anymore” Mother says to Father. She feels this is his assignment and that she and the children shouldn’t be a part of it.

Father however, feels that what he is doing is helping the country. Father and the other soldiers believe that if they do this to the Jews they will make Germany pure again. “We don’t have any choice,” said Father. “This is our assignment.” Father is trying to respect the Fury and do what he tells him to do because he has plans for Father and also because the Fury is more powerful than Father. If Mother and the kids leave, Father thinks people will think worse of him because his family isn’t committed to the work he has to do. He feels people might start asking him questions about his commitment to the work. Father calls what is doing work while Mother doesn’t look at it that way.

                There is more ways to view these two perspectives through both Mother and Father’s eyes.

      Brooke

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3 thoughts on “When Mother learns that Jews are being exterminated at the camp, she questions her husband. “How can you?” she asks. He responds: “Because I’m a solider.” Contrast these two perspectives.

  1. I agree with your answer. Personally I think mother was in the right because I don’t think what happened to the Jews was right. Also mother was right to want to go back to Berlin with the kids. Father should have realized that yes it was his job but his family comes first.
    Meagan
    Friendsip

  2. I agree that Mother’s perspective is against all Fathers work but you didn’t say much about Father’s perspective. Other then he feels it is there work and the family should stay. You could have put about his reaction to Bruno’s knowledge of the other side of the fence/ the Jews. ~ Jasmine, Prejudice & Discrimination

  3. There is definitely a lot of controversy among Mother and Father of what Father’s job is doing to the family. In some ways, it does benefit the family. They all have a house to live in, and they’re safe. There are also bad sides. The children are exposed to the cruelty that is going on around them. They could be brainwashed into thinking that killing Jews is the right thing.

    Andrew M
    Humanity

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