Wednesday, October 22, 2008
The Angel of Death
1. In Auschwitz Jews went through a process. Describe the first 48 hours for Jews once the doors opened to the cattle cars. Describe what is lost or gained with each significant event.
Once the doors opened to the cattle cars, the Jews were split up according to gender. They were then put into groups of five, and were asked their age and occupation. From there, depending on which group they were in, they were either sent to the crematorium directly or sent to a work camp. Once in a barrack of the camp, they were stripped of all their clothes and were sent to the barber. They were then sent to barrack after barrack, having to be soaked in a disinfectant liquid and given multiple showers and clothing. After standing for hours, officers came to take those who had specific training in certain occupations, such as locksmiths, carpenters and electricians. After days of standing and traveling to different barracks, the prisioners were tattooed numbers on their left arms which replaced their names. Every day they had several roll calls where every prisioner was accounted for.
2. Elie says, "We spoke of everything mentioing those who had disappeared." Why would they not speak of them? To whom is he referring?
They would not speak of them because they knew the others were dead. "The others" refered to those who hadn't made it through the first selection process. It was so much easier for the ones remaining in the camp to think of every thing else but how their loved ones had been exterminated. If they had thought about it, then they might have realized that death could happen to them as well.
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