Tuesday, October 14, 2008
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.