Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Mrs. Schacter was a women who seen visions of fire on her way to Auschwitz. She was known to have "lost her mind" when she was separated from her family. On the third night of the journey to Auschwitz she began to scream "Fire! I see fire! I see fire!" Some of the women tried to calm her down and someone brought her a damp cloth to help her, but she continued to scream. The people thought she was hallucinating and she was possessed by an evil spirit. Her son sat next to her crying he had to of felt scared and wanted to help his mother but nothing could help her. The people were telling them to "keep her quiet, make that mad women shut up, she's not the only one here." The German police began to hit her in the head, as the boy clung to his mother he was no longer crying. As afternoon hit Mrs. Schacter remained huddled in her corner with her son stroking her hand trying to keep her calm. As night came she began screaming again. She pointed towards the same spot every time she screamed. The police hit her again with great strength, but she would still would not be quiet. Someone asked a German officer to take her to a hospital. The Jews could have treated Mrs. Schacter differently by treating her with respect. She was the only one that was treated badly because she was seeing the fire that wasn't even there. It was like she was seeing Auschwitz before she even got there. When they arrived there was actually a fire burning. No one believed her because she had been screaming through the nights so they thought she was possessed by the "evil spirits."
Shelby E., Nikki, Mike, Scott