1. “A Jew no longer had the right to keep in his house gold, jewels, or any objects of value.” (page 8)
We talked about how in this community at the time, like the families had a pretty comfortable life. I think that when this happened, it was kind of like a shocking moment for them because like these are the things that they value and that they have worked hard for… If someone just came in and told you that you can’t have anything that is valuable to you, I think that it would be really upsetting.
2. “The ghetto was to be completely wiped out. We were to leave street by street starting the following day” (page 11)
If I was put in this position, I think I would be kind of scared. To just get up and move is really weird, because you would have to adjust so fast and just move from this place that you’ve been connected to for a good amount of time.
3. "Her husband and two eldest sons had been deported with the first transport by mistake. The separation had completely broken her.” (page 22)
I think that this part was kind of sad too. It was kind of like when Elie and his father got separated from the girls. But I think that the difference was that Madame Schachter may have had less time. This part was also kind of sad because I feel like even though she still has the younger son, her family was everything and it was all she had.
4. “And I did not know that in that place, at that moment, I was parting from my mother and Tzipora forever. I went on walking.” (page 27)
I can’t imagine really separating from my family. I think at this point where the event happened, there may have been a part of Elie that knew they weren’t going to see each other again, and a part of him that still hoped that they would reconnect somehow. If that was me I would constantly be thinking about them and if they’re doing okay. Elie also might have been thinking about what life would have been like if they didn’t get separated.
5. “How could it be possible for them to burn people, children, and for the world to keep silent” (page 30)
I think that a lot of people can relate to this one question that Elie stated on page 30. It’s really hard to come to a good idea of what was going on through those people’s heads if they thought that burning people was the way to go. And it wasn’t like they burned five people either. Do they not get tired of it? Doesn’t it hurt them the least bit inside?