Thursday, October 16, 2008
Extended Ch. 2 Questions
1. What would you have done if you were on the train?
I probably would have just stood back and let the people do what they were doing. They didn’t really have a choice and I wouldn’t have stood in the way of a bunch of Jews whose lives were in danger. There wasn’t much else they could’ve done. I probably wouldn’t have changed what they were doing anyway. It was either beating one person just enough so that she’d be silent or risking the lives of a whole cattle car packed full of people.
2. When Mrs. Schachter saw the fire, was it a mental breakdown or was it a premonition? Defend your answer.
It was a premonition because she kept screaming that she saw a fire, that it was a furnace, so we think that it was a premonition more than a mental breakdown because she seemed to have a very vivid picture of the fire in her mind and it was as if she somehow knew what their future was.
3. What was going through the minds of the Jews when the doors of the train opened and they saw the flames from the crematorium? Were they in a state of mind to feel regret for their actions against Madame Schachter?
They were in a state of shock because what Mrs. Schachter was screaming was actually true. We don’t think that anyone really regretted what they had done to Mrs. Schachter. They needed her to be quiet and that is what mattered. They weren’t beating her because of what she was screaming, they beat her because she was screaming. So we don’t feel that anyone was in a state of regret. It was probably more like shock at what they saw and what she had been screaming.
-Natasha A., Shelby R., Seyd P., Wade T., Don P.