Night Questions pp.98-102
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1. Why had so many prisoners died during the night?
They had spent three days without food or water, and as they were being deported, they had run for hours and were exhausted; when the train finally came, it had no protection from the cold and snow.
WHY DID THE TRAIN STOP IN THE MIDDLE OF A DESERTED FIELD? WHY DID THIS MAKE
THE PRISONERS SO HAPPY?
The SS wanted to dispose of the dead bodies; there would be more room on the train. This meant that the remaining passengers could eat food (bread) thrown at them by German townspeople.
HOW LONG WAS THE JOURNEY?
Ten days and ten nights
TO WHAT DID WIESEL LIKEN THE STORY OF THE GERMANS THROWING BREAD INTO THE WAGON? WHY WAS IT SO UPSETTING TO HIM?
He tells the story of a visit to Aden, later in his life. The passengers were throwing coins to the "natives" who nearly killed each other trying to get the coins for themselves. It reminded him too much of the men on the train diving for bread and fighting each other to the death for it.
BRIEFLY RECOUNT THE STORY OF THE FATHER WHO GOT THE BREAD FOR HIMSELF AND HIS SON.
The father managed to grab a bit of bread, when he felt a large figure looming over him—his son. The son felled his father, who died from the blows. His son took the bread from him, but was attacked by two others, who killed him for his bite of bread.
OF THE ONE HUNDRED WHO HAD STARTED THE JOURNEY HOW MANY CLIMBED DOWN FROM THE TRAIN AT BUCHENWALD?
AFTER WAITING SO LONG IN THE SNOW AND ICY WIND WHY WERE THE PRISONERS FINALLY ALLOWED TO GO INTO THE BLOCKS?
There was an alert and the sirens began to wail.
WHAT DID ELIE DO THAT MADE HIM FEEL "ASHAMED FOREVER"?
He awoke in the morning hoping that he would not find his father so he would not have to worry about him and could struggle for his own survival.
WHY WEREN'T THE SICK PRISONERS GIVEN ANYTHING TO EAT?
They were told that they would certainly die soon anyway, so it would be a pity to waste the food.
AS SHLOMO LIE ON HIS BED NEAR DEATH WHAT DID HE FEEL HE NEEDED TO TELL ELIE?
He wanted to tell him that he had hidden the gold and the money in the cellarof their old home.
ELIE TOOK HIS FATHER TO SEE THE DOCTOR WHO WOULD NOT TREAT HIM FOR HIS DYSENTERY BECAUSE HE WAS A SURGEON AND THAT WASNT HIS BUSINESS. WHEN A SECOND DOCTOR CAME TO THE BLOCK HE WAS THERE FOR ONLY ONE REASON. WHAT WAS THIS REASON?
to finish off the sick
WHAT WAS MOST LIKELY THE MAJOR CONTRIBUTING FACTOR IN ELIES FATHERS DEATH?
The officer crushed his skull with his truncheon.
AFTER ELIES FATHER DIED ELIE COULD THINK OF ONLY ONE THING. WHAT WAS THAT?
He had only one desire—to eat.
WHERE WAS ELIE SENT TO LIVE?
the childrens block
ALTHOUGH OVER THE LOUDSPEAKERS CAME THE ORDER TO ASSEMBLE SOME PRISONERS WHISPERED TO THE CHILDREN THAT THEY SHOULD GO BACK. WHY?
The guards were going to shoot them.
THE EVACUATIONS DID NOT TAKE PLACE AND WERE POSTPONED UNTIL THE FOLLOWING DAY. INSTEAD THE RESISTANCE DECIDED TO ACT. WHAT WAS THE RESULT?
The SS fled; the resistance had taken charge.
COINCIDENTALLY WHAT TOOK PLACE AT 6:00 THAT EVENING?
The first American tanks stood at the gates of Buchenwald.