Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Chapter 3 Questions
When they first arrived they were separated. Women were sent to the right while men were sent to the left. Elie was now with his father. His mother and his little sister Tzipora were on their own. Then an inmate asked Elie how old he was. Elie told him but the man yelled at him and told him he was eighteen. The same happened with his father, he told him his age but the man yelled at him and said " Not fifty, Your Forty." Then a second inmate appeared yelling at them. He didn't understand why they came here. The man said "You should have hung yourselves rather than come here." They didn't know what was going to happen to them, nobody had told them anything. The man started to yell at them about the crematory. He told them "Look over there that's where their going to take you!" Then there were in line to go to Dr. Mengele. People were again separated. Some would go one way and some the other way. Elie and his father luckily stayed together. They were sent on the road to the crematorium but they had no clue. When they came closer to the flames they seen babies and children getting thrown into the fire. How could anyone want to kill these people this way? After they were sent into many different camps.
Dr. Mengele was soon named the Angel of Death from Elie. Elie said when he seen him he could just smell the Angel of Death on him. He was a tall man in his thirties with crime written all over his forehead. He told them to remember that they were in Auschwitz. They were in a concentration camp not a convalescent home. If they didn't work he told them they would be sent to the crematorium. Some of Dr. Mengeles experiments were placing subjects in pressure chambers, testing different drugs on people, freezing them to death and other fatal traumas. Mengele especially liked twins. Starting in 1944 he sent twins to special barracks. He attempted to change eye color by injecting chemicals into children's eyes. He had many amputation and brutal surgeries. Right after he left Auschwitz he turned up in Gross-Rosen, a work camp but he left before it was liberated. He was captured as a prisoner of war but was released because they had no idea who he was. He went to Argentina where many other Nazi officials sought refuge. He then divorced his wife Irene then in 1958 he married is brothers widow. In 1978 he died of a stroke while swimming in the ocean and drown. He was not tracked down by Nazi hunters until 1992 when DNA tests on his bones confirmed his identity.
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