Borrowsky: "Ladies and Gentlemen, to the Gas Chamber". Study Guide

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  1. Who survives and who dies in the camps?
  2. How do people survive?
  3. How does the extermination process work?
  4. Do people who arrive on the transports know that they are headed for the gas chambers?
  5. Is there any evidence of resistance?
  6. What kind of social divisions exist within the camp population?
  7. How does life inside the camp differ or approximate life on the outside?
  8. How does Borrowsky judge camp morality? In his view, who are the victims?
  9. Who are the executioners?
  10. List some examples of animal and insect imagery in this story.
  11. List examples of "dehumanization" that pervades the story. Find good definition of "dehumanization".
  12. How does Borrowsky's life change as a result of the camps?
  13. What is his life like after he leaves?