Hungarian Jews arriving Birkenau.
1. What would you have done if you were on the train?
A. Honestly, we wouldn’t know what to do. We would try to sit it out, but in the end we probably would have went insane. Sitting in a crowded train with a bunch of people doesn’t sound too appealing to us.
2. When Mrs. Schachter saw the fire, was it a mental breakdown or was it a premonition? Defend your answer.
A. We think that it was a little bit of both. She was having a mental breakdown because she was going insane from losing everything but her youngest child. Then it was also a premonition because she might have been actually seeing something, like she was meant to warn them from what was going to come up, but no one believed her.
3. What was going through the minds of the Jews when the doors of the train opened and they saw the flames from the crematorium? Were they in a state of mind to feel regret for their actions against Madame Schachter?
A. They were thinking death, the loss of hope, confusion, everything was running through their weak minds at that time the doors opened into the gates of “hell.” Yes, they did regret not listening to her. She was right after all and they should of listened, but would you of listened to a lady crying out fire in the night time?
Alex S., Jackie M., Shane L., Jackie G.