Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Fire!!!


1. Describe Mrs. Schacter's son's thoughts as he watches his mother on the train and others' reactions to her.
A. Well at the beginning, he was scared for her, was trying to comfort her, but then as the train ride went on, he became uncaring for her, he didn’t care as much for what the other people did to her, he just wanted her to be quiet, and he didn’t say anything to calm her.

2. Did the Jew's treat Mrs. Schacter appropriately? What could they have done differently?
A. At the beginning, they believed her, they ran to the window to see what she was yelling at, and when they didn’t see anything, they just felt pity for her. But as the train ride went on, as her continued to yell about fire that wasn’t there, they began to beat her, and they didn’t care what happened to her, they just wanted her to shut up.

3. Why do the Jews so quickly reject Mrs. Schacter but just as quickly believe the news from the men who gathered water? How do they feel when the cattle car doors are opened in Birkenau?
A. Because when she would yell fire, they didn’t see anything, and like so many other people on the trains, they just thought that she was going crazy. The reason they believed the men who gathered water was because they gave them good news, news that didn’t have to deal with fire or death. And anyone would believe good news over bad news any day. The way they felt when they arrived at Birkenau was a little bit happy to get off the train, confused on why they were there, and scared and frightened for being in a place where they didn’t know where it was.

Alex S., Jackie M, Jackie G, Shane L.
McCool Students

17 comments:

EndZoneFreenzy_CardinalFootball said...

Good blog. You never really answered question number two, expand on if you thought they treated her wrong or not. Other than that good blog

ShadowReaper said...

i like how you stated the question then answered. I really liked your responses to the questions. You were straight to the point and gave detail and things to back up your answers.

Missouri State Single Season Strikeout King said...

On #1, I think he still was caring for her, but there really was nothing he could have done to stop them as he was only ten years old.
On #2, you had some good points, but you didn't answer the question.
On #3, I liked your answer. Good points and good description.

Samantha said...

I liked your answers for the most part. On number one, i dont think that the little boy wanted his mother to get beat. I think he did want to care for her but i think he was extremely scared and didnt know how to handle the situation. he was young, and given his situation, didnt want do anything to stop them in fear for his own life. He was probably very confused.

katrinalogan said...

I thought your answers were good. You gave your opinion well in the first one. I agree though in the second one you didn't exactly answer the question. Maybe expand on that on a little bit more. But other than that great job! [:

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Sam said...

On the first question I disagree with the statement he stopped caring. I mean you could be right but he stuck by her side through it all. I just think he was scared that if he did something the treatment for his mother would of got worse. The rest of your answers I thought were good and I agreed with them. Good blog!!

suzy said...

In your second answer, you sum up what happened pretty well but dont really answer question. How could the people handled the sitution differently?
Your third answer is very well explained. Good job!

erika xoxo said...

I don't necessarily think that he didn't care for her, he was just scared. He wanted to do what was right for her so he remained calm and by her side. He couldn't stop a cattle car full of angry people, so he did what he knew was best. Sure he wanted her to stay quiet, but that doesn't mean he didn't care. He obviously loved his mother otherwise he would have been beating her as well. You never really answered number two, do you think they way they treated her was right?

softball_09 said...

I think that you have a lot of good points but i think that on question 1 when you said that he didn't care for her much anymore that i believe he loved his but there was nothing that he could really do cause if he tried to help her he might have been hurt also. On question number 2 even though they may not have believed her completely they had to believe her some cause every time she said fire they always ran and checked.I think your response to number 3 was very good.. Great job

josh harlow said...

I believe he still cared for his mother but I think he cared for his own safety more than hers. On the second question we all know what they did to her. You didn't answer the whole question. "What could they have done differently?" On number three I completely agree with you.

EndZoneFreenzy_CardinalFootball said...

I definatly agree with number two. I don't know if I could handle a woman screaming, after being stuffed in a cattle car. I am sure the boy was very embarassed.

Elizabeth said...

I agree that the people believed the men who brought water mpre easily than Mrs. Schacter because they gave the Jews hope. Even though they had gotten this far, they still had a little hope, as well as denial, that everything would end up being okay. It was the last time that Mrs. Schacter yelled "fire" that the Jews began to lose complete hope that they weren't walking straight into death, because there was an actual fire, and the cars were finally being unloaded into the concentration camp.

Erika said...

Mo, how could he be embarrassed when all of his dignity had already been stripped from him? I don't think anyone felt embarrassed, just angry at the constant reminder of where they were headed.

Whitney said...

You did well on voicing your opinions in your answers, but I don't quite agree with what you said. In your answer to question number one you said they became uncaring for Mrs. Schacter,I think that they were concerned and wanted to keep the Nazis from hurting her so they needed a way to keep her quiet, but they never stopped caring for her. You didn't answer question two,and you said they didn't care what happened to her. They did care what happened to her, they just needed her to be quiet for everyone's well being. I believe that they felt fear and uneasiness when they arrived at Birkenau because they saw fire and smelled burning flesh, there was no happiness involved, but I do agree with how you said they were confused.

Tay said...

I agree with your answers. Good job. I think that you should of kept going with question two. You didn't answer the second part of the question. But other that that your answers were good. :)

Jack Marie said...

I agree with all your answers...We didn't answer Number 2! They could of calmed her down in a better way. Then the boy did love his mother and he was just scared. So I see where all of your points are coming from. Thanks for the posts! :)