Maybe different camps?
That's what I was thinking. From what I vaguely remember of that unit in English class (I dunno why English class, except that we also read The Diary of Anne Frank
), different camps had slightly different...purposes?....and so slightly different populations. Part of why Auschwitz is the name everyone remembers is because it was (one of?) the largest and the way your speaker described it: populated by only younger to middle aged adults who were usually murdered fairly quickly after arriving. Especially later in the war, and especially if one was not able to work. They were all work/death camps, but Auschwitz most of all.
I meant that 36 is the youngest they could have been...
I thought that's what you meant. I just wanted to make sure before I replied: No, it's not. Although the average age of survivors in 1965 would
have been much older than 36. So I think your idea of Esther being raised by grandparents/older aunt/uncle (either instead of or in addition to her parents) is a good and likely theory.
Also, I've realized that this adds yet another layer to Falkner's fury towards Reyes over Chaz. Knowing that someone was on the edge of starvation and doing nothing? I can just hear the echoes: everybody who stood back and let people starve (among other things) in the camps without doing anything to stop it from happening....
Oh dear GOD. You are so right.
Faulkner's "obey the chain of command" training and the "always ask questions/say something"* training are NOT getting along right now.
*this is what the survivor that spoke to my school talked about the most, in addition to the horrific stories. I don't know if this is typical of survivors or not, but I'm assuming so, since it was one of the themes of Night
(edited bc I keep forgetting to use the right keys for the tags. and to clarify. and for punctuation)