Torrance Hall Patricians

The Patricians where also known as the upper class of the ancient roman. The Patricians lived in beautiful one story homes surrounded by an area called an atrium. This atrium was built with no roof and was often used to collect rain water for drinking and bathing. The rest of the house was built around this beautiful atrium including their dining room which is where they ate. Many Patricians had slaves and lounged around their dining rooms while they had their slaves make them rare and extravagant dishes from all around the world that they obtained in trade. Patricians loved having children and often had many because they didn’t exactly have to worry about the expenses that children come with like food and school. If you were a child of a Patricians they often got an education, boys and girls. Although, the girls’ education was more about cooking and cleaning. The boys often went off to school and learned about basic studies like math and science. Sometimes the families even hired private tutors for the children that came into the houses and even lived with them. The younger children where often taken care of by the slaves that they owned and usually did more parenting than the actual parents did themselves. In ancient roman Government, only the Patricians were allowed to take place in it but once they joined they were not allowed to quit. Although Patricians seem like they were very stuck up and snobby they were only about 10% of the Ancient Rome population but funded almost all of it.

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Letter – T. Hall

Dear Marsha Kreuzman,

Hi, my name is Torrance Hall and I work at the Virginia Holocaust museum as a curator. Recently I have stumbled upon some images of the heartbreaking events of the holocaust. I did some research on the picture and the camp that it took place in and I found your name, I eventually began to research you and read about your amazing story on (http://tabletmag.com/). I was very interested in not only the picture but also your story and the people at Mauthausen camp and the way they lived etc. I was hoping that you could possibly tell me more about the picture and the environment for our exhibit.

The Picture that I found was captioned “Mauthausen camp survivors cheer American soldiers after their liberation” and it shows many people cheering and smiling while American solider are driving in a tank.  I remember reading your interview and you said that you were lying down just outside the camps crematorium when suddenly soldiers arrived and told you that you were free. What was going through your mind at the moment? Where you in denial, shocked? It was also said in very many documentaries and including your interview that the survivors had many mixed feelings about their new found freedom. Although many of their where happy to be reunited with their family members. Some felt guilty for surviving when so many of their friends and family members had died. It says that you felt this very same feeling. How did you get to this point in your life? How long did it take you to get over this feeling and what was your first reaction? As I was reading more of your interviews it says that when you first knew you were free a solider came a picked you up from the stairs of the crematorium. Later on in life you said you met the man who carried you out of the camp. How was that feeling meeting the man who saved your life? What did you guys talk about and what where you feeling at the time? Lastly how was it to be a women in the concentration camps? Where you treated differently or similar?                               If you could answer these few questions I would greatly appreciate it. I h           hope you are doing fine and I hope that the public will better understand the events of the holocaust.

From, Torrance                 Hall