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.
After the doors to the cattle cars opened, the Jews went through a selection process which separated the men and older boys from the women, girls, and young children. After that, men above the age of 40 and below the age of 18 were separated from the rest of the men. Families were split and this caused great torment among the people. Later, the men were stripped of their clothes and forced to stand in the mud for hours on end. This was most likely the lowest point in their lives. They lost their dignity, pride, and most of all, their faith.
After they lost practically everything, they gained a few things. First of all, they got new clothes when they were moved to Auschwitz. Standing naked in the mud for hours helped them to gain mental strength because nothing anyone could do to them after going through this could make them feel any lower. The Jewish men then gained a sense of hope when they were transported to a work camp from the death camp. They also received food regularly at the work camp, not a lot, but more than before. At this point they also gained a sense of faith, because things were now getting better inch by inch.
2) Elie says, "We spoke of everything without mentioning those who had disappeared." Why would they not speak of them? To whom is he referring?
Elie is referring to the families of the men who were still alive. They will not speak of them because they all assume their families have already been murdered. It also would be very hard to speak of people you got seperated from and had a relationship with your whole life. However, not speaking about them gives them a sense of hope they are still alive in the camp somewhere. In addition, it would be hard to talk about them because they just lost them and have little hope that they are still alive or will see them again.
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