Wednesday, October 22, 2008
The First Fourty-Eight
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.
The first thing that happened was when the doors were opened they saw the Germans, crematoriums and all the other people. The Germans then filed them into two sections, men and women. Then they were divided further by those who were going to the barracks and those who were going to die. Throughout the next few days they were shuttled from barrack to barrack, each time being disinfected, shaved and given clothes to wear. During the day they were sent to work. They were given very little food or water each night.
At first they lost all their possessions, friends and family. Throughout all of the rest of the events they lose their freedom, confidence, and hope that they will survive.
3. Elie says, "We spoke of everything without mentioning those who had disappeared." Why would they not speak of them? To whom is he referring?
Without speaking of them one does not have to think of the fact that they are probably dead and they can keep the hope alive that they will be seen again. Also without thinking of what happened to them you could keep believing that it would not happen to you. He is referring to the loved ones that were lost to the cruelty of the Nazis.
Schveiner Schnitzel, Smartie Pants, Shortie, Martial Artist, The Meanie Green Giant