Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Chapter 2 Questions
1. Describe Mrs. Schacter's son's thoughts as he watches his mother on the train and others' reactions to her.
At frst her son was crying and trying to calm down his mother. He told her there was no fire and asked her to sit down. Then when the people on the train started beating her the little boy didn’t do anything. It was like he understood that it was important that she be quiet. The other people on the train tried to talk to her first to try to calm themselves rather than her. Eventually they had to start beating her to get her to be quiet.
2. Did the Jew's treat Mrs. Schacter appropriately? What could they have done differently?
Because she was starting to create a panic, we don’t really think the Jew’s mistreated her. We also don’t think that there was anything the Jew’s could have done differently. Her screaming was starting to drive them mad also so they had to do something to keep her quiet in order to preserve their sanity.
3. Why do the Jews so quickly reject Mrs. Schacter but just as quickly believe the news from the men who gathered water? How do they feel when the cattlecar doors are opened in Birkenau?
They didn’t believe Mrs. Schachter because they were on a moving train and they didn’t want to believe something that they couldn’t see and something that was obviously bad. They so readily believed the people gathering water because everything the Jews were being told was good. The water gatherers were giving them hope that something good was coming. When they arrived at Birkenau they lost all their hope because they could see the fire and smell the burning flesh and they realized that this was not a very good place and that what the people gathering water were telling them was not true.
-Natasha A., Shelby R., Wade T., Seyd P., Don P.