You may feel uncomfortable responding to each of these situations; they all actually happened. In each of the following situations, indicate with either a Yes or a No how you would answer the question.
Explain your reasoning in complete sentences
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A chance for escape from Auschwitz appears for one inmate. But he must accept leaving his younger son who is simply too weak to travel. The father and son have shielded each other during their camp experience.
Knowing this, should the father attempt to escape?
Explain your reasoning
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2. A young man breaks down when told of the death of his family. He decides that in the morning he will commit suicide by attacking an SS officer. Because of the Nazi practice of collective responsibility his act could cost the lives of all 25 men in the barracks.
If the young man cannot be convinced to change his mind, should he be killed to protect the interest of the larger group?
Explain your reasoning
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3. An inmate desperately needs certain medicines to survive. Medicines can be obtained by giving in to the sexual desires of a particular SS officer who has access to medicines.
Should a female friend of the man try to obtain the medicines if this is the only way to get them?
Explain your reasoning
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4. An inmate in the barracks is caught stealing bread during the night from a fellow prisoner.
Should the inmate be beaten severely as a lesson to all that certain behaviors cannot be tolerated?
Explain your reasoning
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5. An inmate in the barracks has been found to be an informer for the SS. He acts the role of a cooperative prisoner, but several inmates know he is a spy for the Germans.
Should the informer be killed?
Explain your reasoning
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6. A number of inmates have been placed on the death list for the coming week. These individuals are essential to maintaining the underground. Several prisoners have the power to replace their numbers on the death list with those that are very weak.
Should this switch be made?
Explain your reasoning
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7. In many camps, women who gave birth were automatically sent with their newborn child to the gas chambers. A decision can be made to save the mother by making the newborn infants “stillborn” (suffocated).
Should the decision to kill the child to save the mother be made?
Explain your reasoning
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8. A young boy is always getting into trouble since his parents have been sent to the gas chambers. The SS warn that if the boy gets into any more trouble, 15 inmates will be slaughtered. The boy shows no sign of stopping since he is so upset after his parents were killed.
Should the boy be killed?
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