1.When Elie arrives at Buna an inmate says, "Buna is a very good camp..." Explain why he would say this. Compare and contrast Birkenau and Buna.
A. Well, the difference between Birkenau and Buna was that Birkenau was a death camp. People usually would go there and then be sent to the crematory. But Buna was a work camp. There, you got to live as long as you worked. So that is how Buna would be better then Birkenau.
2. The French woman who consoles Elie enlisted to be sent to work in the concentration camps as a civilian worker. She was not FORCED to be there. Explain some possible reasons why she would request to leave her home in France to go to Poland where discovery would mean instant death.
A. The reason she wanted to be moved from France to Poland was so that she could make a new background for herself. She was able to get papers changed so then she could be Aryan instead of Jewish. And if she would of done that in France, someone would of probably noticed it because she grew up there and people knew her, so by moving to Poland, she was able to make herself Aryan and end up saving her life.
3. Elie says he marched for four hours to get from Birkenau and Buna. Why would it take so long? He was still in Auschwitz. Go to the USHMM website and watch the presentation, look at the maps of Auschwitz, and determine the distance from Birkenau and Buna. Use the picture with this post to help you. Here is another link to information about Buna.
A. The reason it took so long was because the camps were spread out. When you have a big camp like that, you don’t want to have everything cramped together a) because you have a million people there and b) if you enter war and some country comes and bombs the camp not everything will be taking out at once.
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