|Week 14-15: Hallie, “Lest Innocent Blood Be Shed”
Make a note of your favorite passages to bring up in our discussion; most of our class time will be spent like a book group, simply going page by page talking about Le Chambon.
Week 14 Reading Questions (Intro, Prelude, Chapters 1-6):
1. Explain the religious motivations of Le Chambon. How can Andre (and Tutu) hold the same beliefs as the Christians we see in our society? What explains the difference?
2. What made these rescue attempts so effective and so unified? How can we imitate this kind of rescue work?
3. What are your favorite passages and characters so far? What do you think of Andre and Magda?
Week 15 Readings Questions (Chapters 7-12, Postscript):
1. Describe the character and motivations of Andre, then summarize how he would answer the following: Are humans good or bad? What motivates/enables human beings to carry out acts of evil? What compels certain people to devote themselves to being rescuers?
2. Describe the character and motivations of Magda, then summarize how she would answer the following: Are humans good or bad? What motivates/enables human beings to carry out acts of evil? What compels certain people to devote themselves to being rescuers?
3. Compare the different motivations for rescuers, the religious-philosophical motivations of Andre or impossible-to-articulate motivations of Magda. What are the strengths and weaknesses of each? Which is better for enabling rescuing and which are more sustainable? Which do you see in the majority of rescuers you have heard or read about?
4. Which rescuer do you like more and which one is like you, Andre or Magda? And, so, what kind of motivation and character do you have as a rescuer? What will your role be?