Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Chapter 3 Questions
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.
When the Jews first got off of the train they had to leave every little piece of home and the life they once knew behind. Every little trinket that may have given them a little hope was stripped from them. Then they were marched to the barracks and were forced to strip and were only allowed to keep only their shoes and belt , ”For us, this was true equality: nakedness.” Then their bodies were shaved. This series of events made the Jews feel inhuman like they were just animals. They didn’t have names anymore they were just Jews all faced with the same horrific destiny. All sense of pride or self worth had deserted them.
2. Elie comes face to face with Josef Mengele. During the rest of the chapter Elie refers to him as the Angel of Death. Explain how Mengele wound up with this nickname. Describe the things he did to make himself notorious. What happened to the Angel of Death after the war?
Dr. Mengele was a disturbed person who was fascinated by twins and dwarves. He did twisted medical experiments that caused long, drawn-out deaths. He was so obsessed with twins that one night he had an assistant round up thirteen pairs of twins and he killed them all by injecting chloroform into their hearts and then he proceeded to dissect them and study every piece of their body. He did all of his surgeries without anesthesia. Almost all of the patients died from blood loss, infection or other complications. After the war was over After the war Dr. Mengele hid in Austria with a new identity, then escaped and began moving all over the world trying to lay low. He died in Bertioga, where he drowned in the sea after suffering a stroke. His identity was confirmed by using DNA testing on his remains.
-Wade T., Don P., Shelby R., Natasha A., Seyd P.