Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Runaway Train! Cattlecar Blues! Burning Ring Of FIRE!!
2. Did the Jew's treat Mrs. Schacter appropriately? What could they have done differently?
Yes and no. Yes because they were worried that if the Nazis heard her then they would have come back to see what was going on and then all of their lives would be at risk. If they would have come back then there was a good chance that she would have been beaten worse than what her fellow Jews were doing to her, so it was better for them to take care of her themselves. No because being stressed and afraid does not justify beating up a defenseless woman. They could have found a less violent way to shut her up and figure out why she was screaming.
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 cattlecar doors are opened in Birkenau?
They reject her because she did not make any sense. She was just hysterically screaming crazy things. She kept saying she saw fire and flames but when they looked out the window they did not see anything. Just like the boy who cried wolf. They believed the men who gathered water because they were outside of the cattlecar and had saw these things happening. They did not want to believe it while in the cattlecar because there was no evidence to support it but with proof from outside of the cattlecar they were forced to believe it. The book does not say exactly how they felt but it explains how they saw the flames and they smelled the burning flesh. But it can be inferred that they were terrified that strange men were beating them and forcing them out of the car and they were scared because they saw the flames and realized that this place was nothing like what they thought it was going to be.
Melanie Atwell, Constance Leavitt, Shelby Smith, Jordan Byrum, Whitney Gumm