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Jojo Rabbit Discussion Questions

1. First, let’s talk about the obvious. This movie is for the most part, a comedy. Do you think it’s appropriate to make a comedy about Nazi Germany? What purpose does it serve?

2. This story is told from the point of view of a ten year old. Why is this perspective valuable when examining Nazi Germany?

3. Let’s discuss Jojo’s imaginary Hitler. How is this fake hitler representative of the Nazi regime? Let’s discuss the changes in his personality as Jojo beings to question nazism.

4. Let’s talk about the scene where Jojo is eating the few potato’s he scrounged from the trash, while sitting across from Hitler who’s eating a full unicorn head.

5. Let’s discuss Joni’s Hitler Youth Leader, who the film portrays as a closeted homosexual. Throughout the film, despite his role with the German army, he assists Elsa and Jojo in hiding Elsa’s true identity, and gets Jojo out of the death squad. What were your thoughts on this character, and on his death?

6. What we’re your thoughts on the fact that the Allies were prepared to execute a 10 year old simply because he was in a Nazi uniform? What does this teach us about War?

7. What key moments did you notice that seemed to change Jojo’s mind about Jews, the Riche, Hitler, etc? What undid the Nazi programming and how can we recreate these moments in our own lives with others who have fallen victim to Nazi ideals of anti-semitism, racism, homophobia, etc?

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