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Part 2, Chapter 14Part 2, Chapter 14 SummaryMichael decides to visit the Struthof-Natzweiler concentration camp, the concentration campnearest to his town. He hikes and hitchhikes toward the camp. He gets a ride from an older manwho extemporizes on the reasons individual Nazis murdered the Jews. The man says they didn'thate the Jews - in fact they were completely indifferent to the Jews - it was just their job. Theywanted to finish their job so they could go home. Michael asks the man if he had shot Jews andthe man becomes enraged and forces Michael to leave the car. Michael walks the rest of theway to the prison camp.Part 2, Chapter 14 AnalysisThe driver is clearly an older Nazi soldier. He talks about a photograph showing a Nazi officeroverseeing the execution of Jews. The Nazi in the photograph is somewhat morose, but alsosomewhat satisfied and even happy that he is performing his job. Michael realizes the mandriving the car is the man in the photograph. The driver is representative of the worst form ofapathy turned to horror by the Nazi regime and in the narrative serves as a contrast, somewhat,to Hanna's less atrocious form of compliance.34
Part 2, Chapter 15Part 2, Chapter 15 SummaryMichael visits the Struthof-Natzweiler concentration camp and examines the layout andconstruction of the camp. While walking in the camp he remembers how Hanna always calledhim 'kid,' and he mentally connects his experiences to the other children that read to Hanna.Over the next days, he continues to try to make sense of Hanna's life and actions. He returnshome and spends some days contemplating his own life.Part 2, Chapter 15 AnalysisChapter 15 contains a brief description of the Struthof-Natzweiler concentration camp. Michaelhad intended to visit Auschwitz, instead, but realized he would likely not have enough time totravel to and from the distant concentration camp. The visit helps put Michael into the contextof the concentration camps but does not assist him to better understand Hanna.35
Part 2, Chapter 16Part 2, Chapter 16 SummaryWhen the trial resumes in Germany Michael privately meets with the judge. He intends to tellthe judge that Hanna is illiterate. The judge and Michael make small talk, and Michael thenleaves without disclosing Hanna's illiteracy.Part 2, Chapter 16 AnalysisMichael's actions in this short chapter are interesting. He feels he must do the right thing bydisclosing Hanna's illiteracy, but at the crucial moment, he instead listens to the judge talkabout enjoying being a judge, and then leaves the meeting without disclosing Hanna's secret.36
Part 2, Chapter 17Part 2, Chapter 17 SummaryThe trial ends in late June. Hanna is convicted and sentenced to life in prison. On the day of thesentencing, Hanna arrives in court dressed in a severe black suit with a white blouse. Her outfitis reminiscent of an SS uniform and the court spectators are outraged. Michael is appalled atHanna's dress and, at some level, is relieved to learn she will spend the rest of her life in prisonand, hence, beyond contact. Michael notes that throughout the sentencing Hanna staresstraight ahead, as if at attention, and never looks back to see if he is in the court.

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Sexual intercourse, Human sexual behavior, United States bankruptcy law, Bankruptcy in the United States, Michael Berg, Frau Hanna Schmitz

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