Mrs. Schachter was under great stress during the train ride. What else could have been done to help her through this difficult time? B) Explain how she was treated during this time?

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Mrs. Schachter was considered insane as the Jews from Signet rode the train to the Birkenau concentration camp. She keeps screaming that she sees fire. Instead of comforting her, listening to her talk, or trying to ease her fears, the others just try to keep her quiet. Of course, her intuition is correct, as the rest of the people see when they arrive at Birkenau and notice flames coming from the crematoriums at the camp. The irony is her anxiety was based on reality whereas the others simply tried to ignore the reality of their situation. Perhaps if they had listened to her, they would have been more prepared for what happened to them, although it's doubtful anyone could have fully prepared for the kinds of horrors the Jews experienced.