The Jews of Sighet are optimistic because of the news they hear on the radio in the late 1942 and 1943. What is the news and why are they so optimistic ?
they heard that there were daily bombings in Germany, though thing would get better
Why are the Jews happy when they are finally deported ?
They thought they were going to a "safe haven", couldn't believe there would be a place worse than staying there
How do the other Jews treat her, and why ?
They tell her to "shut up", sit down, tied her up and put a gag in her mouth
What is the first thing the prisoners see when they arrive at the concentration camp ?
They see smoke and fire from the furnace
How do Elie and his father get separated from Mother and Tzipora ?
The women and younger children are sent to the right, men and older children are sent to the left.
What is Elie's last memory of them ?
He watches them go to the right, Tzipora holding her mothers hand stroking her hair
What lies do Elie and his father tell at the concentration camp, why ?
They lie about their age ( 18 & 40 ) and their occupations
Why does Elie's father wish Elie had gone with his mother ?
He didn't want to see what they would do to his son.
What is Kaddish and why doesn't Elie join his father in reciting it ?
The prayer for the dead, he is questioning his faith
How does Elie change by the end of the first night ? ( Physically, emotionally, and spiritually )
They shave their heads with clippers, stripped down naked and he loses his faith in God
Why does the gypsy strike Elie's father and how does Elie react ?
Elie's father asks where the bathroom is, Elie has no reaction
Who is Stein and why does Elie lie to him ?
He is a relative of theirs, "Stein of Antwerp" Reizel's husband. He lied that his family was ok to help him cope with the possibility that his family had died.
How could Elie have bribed the assistants to arrange for him to go with his father to a "good unit" ?
He could of given them his shoes
Why is the French girl afraid to speak to Elie ?
She was pretending to be German and really didn't want to talk to him for fear he would get in trouble
Why does Elie give his father "Marching Lessons" ?
To teach him to change step, to keep to the rhythm so that they will not beat him
Why doesn't Elie fast ?
Mainly to please his father who had forbidden him to starve himself. He had already lost his Jewish faith
Why does the head of the block tell Elie to run during one selection ?
to show he is in good health, so he will get more work and stay alive longer
What sorts of "presents" and "inheritance" gifts does Elie's father give him and why ?
He gives him a spoon and a knife, this is all he has left, he thinks he may be selected
What decision does Elie have to make when in the hospital ?
to stay there and hope to be evacuated from camp
Why do you think that "sons abandoned their fathers' remains without a tear" ?
Because they should be concerned with their own lives, they became desensitized to people dying around them.
Why is Juliek playing his violin in this terrible situation ?
He plays his life, a "farewell to the dead", he plays as though he will never get to play again
Why do the prisoners "rejoice" when the order comes to throw out the corpses ?
Because it made more room for them in the train car.
Why do the soldiers throw bread in the cars ?
They did it to laugh at them and to watch them kill each other for a crumb of bread.
What happens to a man and his son during this ?
the man hides the bread, then the son kills him for it and they both end up dying
What happens when Elie sees his father die and why doesn't he cry ?
he feels a sense of relief, he no longer needs to worry about helping him stay alive and look after him
What would have happened if the children had gone to the assembly place, as ordered ?
They would have been shot
Why is Elie sent to the hospital after his liberation ?
He was sent to the hospital due to food poisoning.
the Jewish mystical tradition, based on interpreting revelations of the scriptures Old Testament