By: Gary Schmidt
The theme of this book is love because Mara's stories were all filled with love and she never stopped giving it to the mothers and children. I think the reason the author put this message in the book was because you can't survive with out love. In the book there where many stories of love and how they stuck together no matter what happened to them. I also think that in the story's the author also showed how love can keep people looking forward because the love Mara gave to people kept them going each day. Love is what the book was made of because with the author and Mara it keeps love in the children's heart.
Auschwitz was the largest concentration camp that was by the Nazis, a stunning 25 square miles. Built in 1940 Auschwitz was added on to, part one (original camp), part two (Birkenau which had gas chambers), part three(a chemical plant) and smaller satellite camps. Many when they entered the camp in 1942 had been sent straight to the gas chambers. How ever they didn't know that's what it was because it's was disguised as showers. Also when they were entered into the camp they were forced to give up absolutely everything they had and shaven. Then they were given a registration form and then given a tattoo of their serial number on their fore arm and given a symbol here's their meanings:
Red Triangle – Political
Green Triangle – Professional Criminals
Black Triangle – Asocial
Purple Triangle – Catholic Clergy
Pink Triangle – Homosexual
Yellow Star – Jewish
Violet Triangle – Jehovah Witnesses
Unfortunately they were treated unfairly and told work would set them free but if the exhaustion didn't kill them it was the gas chambers.
I think the author did a really good job on the book. Research is accurate on the book and I think that it's really cool how he put it into a Jews perspective and yet made it accurate and still interesting. The only Thing I would of done differently is I would of talked slightly more about Mara. Also what I find interesting was what Mara said in the books is what was true. After 30 days they had selected people to get rid of, also know as "selection day". That's where he decided to end the story of Mara.
"Clothing." Auschwitz Concentration The Basics The Historical Timeline Http://www.HolocaustResearchProject.org. H.E.A.R.T. Web. 10 Dec. 2014. <http://www.holocaustresearchproject.org/othercamps/auschwitzbasics.html>.