Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Author’s Note

My paper is aimed to describe to my readers the every day life of a prisoner at Auschwitz, the prison camp in Poland during WWII. My goal in this paper is to get the reader to really understand how horrible the camp was and to get into the heads of the prisoners and feel what they felt.

One of the weaknesses of my paper is my transitions. I need to make my paper flow a little better. I need some words or sentences that help me flow from one idea to another.

Another weakness is my introduction. I do no think it grabs the readers attention. It does provide some interesting facts and information about the camp. I just think it could be more interesting.

A strong point in my paper is my content. I think it is very important in a paper like mine to have a lot of detail. I am trying to add as much detail and information as I can to my paper so I can make the reader feel like they are there.

Tuesday, February 21, 2006

My research project so far is going really well. I was able to find out what exactly I want to write about and I started to write my expert paper. I will somehow transform that expert paper into my final paper.

I went to the library to find some journal articles for sources for my paper. The librarian showed me how to search for articles and told me I can do this at my dorm too. So I went back to my dorm and searched for some articles. I have only been able to find three that really fit my topic right now. I will have to come back later to look for one more. I will probably end up refining my search or just look closer at the results I received.

I was also able to find a few more internet sites to use as sources. I will add them to my works cited page when I turn in the expert paper.

From some of the articles I found, I will be able to add a graph or two into my paper. It shows some stats of people going into the concentration camp. For example age, sex, and how long they were there.
One cool new thing that I did not know about Auschwitz was when the Jews and prisoners were first sent there and got off of the train, they were given postcards. These cards were already filled out by the Nazis. They stated that they were fine and that the Nazis had treated them well. They were then ordered to address them to there closest family back home and sign there name. Now everyone obeyed for fear of being shot. So the postcards were signed and sent out so no one would ask questions about about where they went or ask questions about Auschwitz.

Monday, February 20, 2006

My third source is a web site. It is http://www.wsg-hist.uni-linz.ac.at/Auschwitz/HTML/AusGliederung.html

This is another really good source about life at Auschwitz. It tells what happened to women and children. It tells about the daily life and how prisoners were registered when they arrived to the camp.

It tells means of extermination and also some tales of escape. It ends with the site talking about the liberation of the camp and how the allied troops could not believe what they saw, even after all of the battles and the war they just fought.
My second source is a book from the Ravenna Library. The title is The Holocaust Library: The Death Camps. This a really good book that explains what I need for my paper. It tells what the day of a prisoner was like. It also had differnent information from the other book I got, which really helps a lot.

I'll summarize one chapter. This is chapter two.

It is titled Special Handling. It was about how they treated the prisoners; like how they sorted them and some facilities that they had at the camp. And by facilities, i mean the gas chambers, crematorium, and the roaster. The ashes of the burnt bodies were shoveled and tossed aside.

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Topic too broad?

At this point in researching my paper, I think my topic is still a little too broad. I need to narrow it down to one or two specific bad parts of Auschwitz. My original thesis of Auschwitz being a horrible experience for Jews was too broad and too widely agreeable. It was suggested to me that i focus on a specific aspect of what happened in the camp.
Page 26 #8. The 5 W's and H.

Who. The who part of this issue would be the Jews. They are the ones that were persecuted and taken to the death camps. They are the main whos in my paper.

What. The what is what I am writing my paper about. I still need to narrow my topic down at this point. I need to decide what bad part about Auschwitz i want to write about. I was leaning more towards the medical experiments.

When. The when is during World War II.

Where. The where is in Poland at the death camp of Auschwitz.

Why. I do not know why I want to do this for a paper. I have always had an interest in the death camps and have wrote little papers on it before.

How. The how part is easy to say but hard to do. I have to decide on a topic, get my sources, read and summarize my sources, then put my ideas together and write a paper.
Page 24. The bullets.

My primary audience is for my research paper is my classmates. They are the ones who are going to be reading my paper the whole way. I will also be posting this paper on the internet and they will be able to read it when I am done. I am writing this research paper for my teacher and for others students who might look this up to help them with their future research papers.

My audience may not know much about the topic. The only parts they might know is that is was a major death camp during World War II, and that millions of Jews were exterminated there.

I hope that my audience is receptive about my topic. I hope that they are interested in what i have written and not get hostile toward me.

My secondary audience is the students who may look up my research paper to help them with their own paper. Chances are, if they chose this topic then they already, they know a little bit about the topic.
My thesis: A day in the life of an Auschwitz prisoner was filled with many difficult tasks and hardships.

Monday, February 13, 2006

This blog entry is for the peer review session I did in the library. Mark, Jessica, and I met in the library at 2:15 to edit each other’s papers. We exchanged papers and wrote our comments right on the paper. Then after we wrote down our comments we talked for a little bit about what we wrote and why we wrote what we did. Overall, it was a very helpful process in writing my paper. It helped me form and to write a better paper.

Some advice I gave to Mark was it was a great paper. There were few grammatical errors and a nice intro. I just gave a few minor editing details for him to fix. Other than that, his paper was nicely written.

Advice I gave to Jessica was pretty much the same as Mark. She had a very interesting and different introduction which made it very interesting to read. Her paper was also very accurate of my life and she did a great job. I just corrected her on a few minor details about my life she got confused.

I received some grammar editing changes as well on my paper. Just some minor editing things and sentence structure. Also Mark saw some things were not completely accurate about his life and he gave me the correct thing to say. So I made those changes and finished my paper.

Monday, February 06, 2006

In looking over what I was going to do for my research paper, I concluded that my paper was expository. My paper may have emotions attached to it, since it is about Aushwitz, but overall, I will be presenting data and explaining my topic.

I am not trying to persuade anyone to think a certain way. I am just researching my topic and completing a factual report about it.

Wednesday, February 01, 2006

For my first source I went to the Ravenna library and looked to see what Auschwitz books they had. They had a plentiful amount of books and I just selected a few that related the most to my topic. The first book I chose was The Holocaust: Death Camps. Although the title of the book says "Death Camps" it was mainly about Auschwitz. It only made references to other camps.

This book was very good at providing me information about my topic. It told me everything from the train ride to Auschwitz to the liberation of the camp. The chapters were short and broken down into mini chapters, so I will just summarize a chapter or two.

The first chapter was about the arrival to Auschwitz. It talks about the train ride there and how many people did not even make it there because of there being no toilets. When the prisoners arrived they were broken up into groups. Men and women and children. The ones that were too young to work, too old, or pregnant were sent to be killed. The strong ones would be sent to work. Their first day at Auschwitz the prisoners had to stand for roll call for several hours. They were then given a thin soup and sent off to work.

Chapter two was about work. The ones who had a skill or craft fared a little better. One of the worst jobs you could have was dealing with the corpses. They had to be shaven and searched for any gold or money they had. They were then sent to the crematorium to be burned. The nurses at the time were nothing of what we know now. The medicines were very primitive and they did they best they could to ease the pain of the prisoners.