1.When Elie arrives at Buna an inmate says, "Buna is a very good camp..." Explain why he would say this. Compare and contrast Birkenau and Buna.
1) We think that the inmate would say Buna is a good camp because Buna was a work camp where they received more food and had better conditions overall, whereas the conditions at Birkenau were much, much worst. At Birkenau the officers treated the Jews very harshly, food was scarce, living conditions were horrible, and more people died per day at Birkenau than at Buna.
2.The French woman who consoles Elie asked to be sent to work in the concentration camps as a civilian worker. Explain some possible reasons why she would request to leave her home to go to Poland where discovery would mean instant death.
2)She was afraid that if she was caught as a Jew in France that she would be taken as a prisoner to a camp and could quite possibly be killed. However, by posing as an Aryan and voluntarily going to a camp she created a good cover for herself. At the camp she worked for the Germans and was not noticed because she was not suspected of being Jewish. Under her creative cover, she was not so endangered of being killed.
3.Elie says he marched for four hours to get from Birkenau and Buna. Why would it take so long? He was still in Auschwitz. Go to the USHMM website and watch the presentation, look at the maps of Auschwitz, and determine the distance from Birkenau and Buna. Use the picture with this post to help you. Here is another link to information about Buna.
3) Even though there was only 6 miles or so to travel, it took four hours for them to reach their destination because they were not in a hurry. They walked slowly through the villages so as to humiliate the prisoners by letting all the Germans see them. There were around one-hundred or so prisoners marching, not to mention the number of guards. Also along the way the guards flirted with the German girls.
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