Summer of My German Soldier Topics for Further Study
by Bette Greene

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Topics for Further Study

(Novels for Students)

Summer of My German Soldier was published the year that the United States withdrew its forces from Vietnam To what extent can the novel be read as an allegory about this war?

Research the history of anti-Semitism in America. Is it fair to say that the American South was more prejudiced than the North? Why might Greene have set the story in Arkansas?

Race and ethnicity play very important roles in the novel. How is the situation of Jewish-Americans presented as the same as and different from that of African-Americans?