Discussion questions for the Leon Greenman talk

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Discussion questions for the Leon Greenman talk – either to break up the demands of concentrated listening or for use as an extended plenary or as written work

This work will also further the objective of improving listening skills

1. What nationality is Leon?

2. What should that have meant for him in World War 2?

3. How many camps did Leon have to stay in?

4. What 3 things has Leon fought since 1946?

5. Why? – What phrase did he use?

6. What news led Leon to stay in Rotterdam rather than go to London?

7. How was Leon let down by some friends?

8. What law for Jews in Rotterdam was brought in by the Nazis?

9. How were Jewish people in Rotterdam treated like prisoners even though they weren’t in prison? (5 ways)

10. “8th October, 20 past 10.” What happened?

11. What was Hut 24? List Leon’s memories of that place.

12. Leon’s first camp was in which country?

13. About how many were on the train? How far did they have to trudge from the station?

14. At what times did Leon say goodbye and good morning to his wife then?

15. How did Leon show courage at the first camp?

16. What did Leon ask for his family at that camp? How long did this go on?

17. What happened at the end of that time?

18. How many were in the group? What were they like?

19. At what time did the train usually leave? How long did the journey take?

20. Describe Leon’s spoken memories of that journey.

21. What did Leon hear when he was half dozing off?

22. What did Leon leave behind?

23. What did Leon first notice at Birkenau?

24. How were people separated into categories by the SS officer with the club?

25. What were they told as Leon blew his wife a kiss?

26. What happened to the woman who cried “I want to be with my husband”?

27. The soldier who did that then did what next?

28. How many were counted out for slave labour? How many were left? What do you think happened to them?

29. How far was Birkenau from Auschwitz? If you go there today, what different things do you find at the 2 places? What does this prove?

30. Another categorisation came in after a few weeks – what was that?

31. How was this categorisation carried out?

32. If you went right, what did that mean? And if you went left?

33. How did Leon make sure that he was seen as fit for work?

34. What happened to the footballer from Ajax? And his wife? His 2 children?

35. Leon is now in a group of how many?

36. How long did Leon stay in Auschwitz?

37. What news did Leon get?

38. What hopes did Leon have about his family? What in reality had happened to them?

39. What did Leon mean by saying that if he had found out “I wouldn’t be standing here today.”

40. How many could the next camp hold? What were kapos?

41. What job did Leon take on? What was his pay?

42. How did Leon try to increase his rations?

43. How many years did Leon spend in camps?

44. Why did Leon have to march back to Auschwitz?

45. What decision did Leon reach on that march?

46. What did Leon mean when he said “ask me about the other time” he wanted to give up living “afterwards”?

47. Describe the Death March – 10 points.

48. “Come on Englishman. Wake up!” What debt did Leon owe him? How did Leon try to discover the identity of this man?

49. What happened tp people who fell and lay down?

50. What happened at the end of the march? How long did the next journey take? What was the destination?

51. How was death different there?

52. What happened when Leon got up on 11th April 1945?

53. What happened 2 weeks later?

54. Why was it fortunate for Leon that he spoke German?

55. Where did Leon go after Buchenwald?

56. And where after that? What did he search for there? And what did he find?

57. Where did he go next?

58. What 5 people met up in November 1945 ready to start a new life?

59. What is Leon’s final message before the question and answer section?

60. Give as many examples of Leon’s selflessness as you can that you hear in the question and answer section.


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