AN EYE FOR AN EYE
by ALVIN ABRAM
Summary of Settings: 1920 to 1946
SETTING #1: Lodz, Poland – A large Jewish population lived in a voluntary ghetto. The streets, the different generations, the market, places of business, the beginning of Communism in Poland are all factual. Within the Jewish community are many different attitudes and politics, but one thing everyone has in common is the desire to keep their community intact and not be influenced by outside elements. For this reason, a man like Mordechai Rumkowski was able to control the population to their death.
SETTING #2: Warsaw, Poland – A population of 500,000 Jews before the war; a cultural city. The total ghetto was razed to the ground during the Uprising. Warsaw was the place where the first sustained resistance to the Nazi’s took place, lasting longer than some countries that fell under the German invasion between 1939-1940. It was a place of heroism and defiance for the Jews and humiliation and psychological defeat for the Germans.
SETTING #3: Buchenwald Concentration Camp – A forced labour installation created to originally imprison political prisoners, but enlarged to include everyone. A transient location in the later years of the war in which prisoners stayed for short periods and then passed on to other camps – mostly death camps.
SETTING #4: Birkenau Extermination Camp – Built for mass extermination. The lives of many ended through starvation, work, cruelty and mass extermination by gas or bullet. Broken into two camps, Auschwitz and Birkenau, they separated labour force from death camp.