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In Chapter 3 of Night, what is Elie's first impression of Auschwitz after leaving...

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Posted April 29, 2009 at 6:45 AM via web

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In Chapter 3 of Night, what is Elie's first impression of Auschwitz after leaving Birkenau?

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scarletpimpernel | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted April 29, 2009 at 12:35 PM (Answer #1)

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Ironically enough, Elie has a good impression of Auschwitz when he first arrives.  He believes that it is better than Birkenau and that it is like a "rest home." Readers must remember Elie's horrific experiences in Birkenau for his description of Auschwitz to make sense--he is separated from his mother and sisters, and he witnesses the burning of live infants (the event that consumes his faith).  Thus, Auschwitz's initial impression is better for Wiesel.

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