Hans Krebs was born in a medieval
town in Northern Germany called Hildesheim, near Hanover (pictures
are on the right). Hans lived comfortably as a child, in a large
house with a nice back yard and garden. Like most little boys,
Hans loved the outdoors, and he spent many hours hiking and
cycling through the woods and hills of the beautiful countryside.
But Hans also loved books. He even liked to read encyclopedias!
father was a respected physician - an eye, ear, nose and throat doctor.
His father, who also wrote poetry, created a mentally stimulating environment, where
reading a wide variety of books was valued. He was also active in German politics, although
he opposed the anti-Jewish and anti-democratic policies of Hitler
and the Nazis. Hans' father believed that the only hope for
Jews in Germany was to abandon their faith and become totally
German. Thus, Hans was never instructed in the Jewish teachings.
But, in Germany at that time religious instruction was required
by the government, and so Hans was exposed to Christian teachings.