Last Updated on July 29, 2019, by eNotes Editorial. Word Count: 292
1. Although several characters in Friedrich, such as Herr Neudorf, Fritz's parents, and people in the bomb shelter, express sympathy toward the Schneiders, no one helps them. Why not?
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2. Fritz's father feels guilty for joining the Nazi party. Why does he join a party with whose beliefs he cannot agree totally?
3. How might Friedrich feel after Herr Neudorf's brief history and explanations of Jewish culture?
4. How do the social and economic situations in Germany just before the war help to spur the pogroms and "final solution" against the Jews?
5. Which character in Friedrich might be called the most heroic? Why?
6. Herr Resch says that it is Friedrich's "luck that he died this way." Would most people agree or disagree with this statement?
7. What does Fritz learn about Jewish customs and values in the course of the novel?
8. What are the differences and the similarities between the characteristics of the German people shown in the bomb shelter and those of German people described in other episodes?
9. The cross-section of German citizens presented in Friedrich seems to indicate that the majority did not support the killing of Jews. If this evidence is correct, what might the majority have done to prevent the "final solution"?
10. After Mr. Schneider decides not to leave Germany as Fritz's father suggests, what, if anything, could he have done to protect himself and his family?
11. When Fritz's father suggests that Mr. Schneider leave Germany, he lists reasons for going, and Mr. Schneider lists reasons for remaining. In what ways are both viewpoints reasonable? What would have been the best solution?
12. In what way does Helga's choice of the "Jews Only" bench suggest a possible method of resistance against the Nazis? Could this method of resistance have prevented further violence against Jews?