Study Guide: Listening Is an Act of Love

B. Reading the Stories

4. JOSEPH L. ROBERTSON interviewed by his son-in-law JOHN H. FISH, JR.

Pre-reading statement of opinion:  Do you agree that soldiers should sometimes feel guilty when they have killed another human being while serving their country?  Why or why not?

Post-reading guided summary:  Describe Joseph L. Robertson’s recurring nightmare of having killed the German soldier.  Comment on his message about the tragedy of war, which can be inferred from the story that he tells.

Personal response:  Write your reaction to one or two aspects of the summary you have written, and try to connect this response to the opinion that you expressed before reading the StoryCorps transcript.