Chapter 3:

"Getting Out Alive"


In Nobody Wants Us Irving says:


“A rush of Jews are leaving the country by car and on foot. Hitler’s becoming more and more powerful.  The French and the English aren’t doing anything to subdue the Germans. We’re leaving with the hopes that the French, the British will counterattack... and somehow, we’ll be able to come back. 

My father wants to go back just to get some of our possessions. But we can’t let him go.  We can’t separate from each other and he can’t take that risk.”

~ Irving Redel, 17 years old in 1940

Discussion Starters:​​​

Your personal connection...

  • Irving said: "My father wants to go back just to get some of our possessions...."  If one of your family members wanted to go back, what would you do? Do you think his family should have let Irving's father go back and why?


Dig a little deeper...

  • If someone wanted to escape from Europe in 1940, what were some of the obstacles they might have encountered? 

  • What do you think about the Nazi strategy of dropping bombs to get people to flee? What are some tactics that the Nazis used to force people out of their homes?