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In the book "Night" how do the Jews of Sighet react to the warning of Moshe the Beadle...

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Posted April 19, 2009 at 2:25 AM via web

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In the book "Night" how do the Jews of Sighet react to the warning of Moshe the Beadle and Madame Schachter?

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ms-mcgregor | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted April 19, 2009 at 2:23 AM (Answer #1)

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The warnings of both Moshe the Beadle and Madame Schachter are ignored by the Jews of Sighet. Perhaps it is because neither character is really a highly respected member of society. Moshe's warning comes first. After he is taken away with the rest of the foreign Jews, he returns and tries to warn the citizens of Sighet about their upcoming destruction. However, he is a poor Jew and most of the town ignores him until he simply stops telling his story. Madame Schachter begins to scream about her visions of fire when the Germans pack the citizens of Sighet on a train. However, the Jews in the rail cars simply think she is insane and try to quiet her down. They do not realize that both Moshe and Madame Sighet had predicted their fate until they get to Birkenau, the first concentration camp on their nightmare of "Night".

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