Chapter 1, Four Perfect Pebbles
• The book began at Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in Western Germany.
• Marion Blumenthal and her family were forced to live there because they were Jewish.
• Life at the concentration camp was torture.
• Every day people died or were killed because they attempted to escape.
• Marion was nine years old when she arrived at Bergen-Belsen.
• She had a very difficult time adjusting to the constant cold and hunger that was part of day to day life at the camp.
• Every day upon awakening, the prisoners would be called out for roll call by the Kapos.
• Kapos were privileged prisoners who were allowed to serve as guards.
• During roll call the prisoners rooms were inspected to make sure they were clean.
• If the rooms didn't meet the standards then the prisoners in that room would lose their food rations for the day.
• Roll call was called twice...
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