Tuesday, October 14, 2008
1. Mrs. Schacter's son was probably very distraught at seeing his mother in the state that she was in. The actions of the other people against his mother would have made him feel angry and helpless. There was no way that he could help his mother, except for to be there to try to reassure her of hope. As he watched the other people beating his mother, he felt as though if he intervened, that he would just end up getting hurt as well.
2. The people in the cattle car quickly believed the men with the water because they brought good news. The men had said that they were at the final destination, which was a labor camp where conditions were good, and families would not be separated. This was exactly what the Jews were hoping for. The people were gaining confidence because they finally got news of what would be happening to them. The Jews did not easily believe Mrs. Schacter because not only did she repeatedly scream that there was a fire, but they also did not want to believe there was a fire. If there really had been a fire, it would have been a bad sign of what was to come. All the people on the cattle car were at their last nerve and were scared and nervous about what was happening.
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