Monday, September 20, 2010

Night: Birkenau

Photo of Auschwitz-Birkenau

Elie Wiesel and his family have arrived at Birkenau. We had an emotional ride to this spot in the book. Madame Schachter screamed for days about seeing a fire and a furnace. She was silenced, but after pulling up to Birkenau, the people in Wiesel's cattle car realized that she was all too correct. There was a fire. And a furnace. And a horrible stench that could only come from the burning of bodies. Mass cremation.

Because we're collecting belief statements for our Personal Creed Projects, today's prompt was about premonitions. Madame Schachter obviously had a very dark and foreboding premonition about fire. Not everyone believes in psychic ability, and some of you might have even experienced it firsthand.

We will continue learning about Elie's journey next class.

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