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In Chapter 3 of "Night", when questioned by the S.S Officer, why did Elie lie about his...

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Posted March 31, 2009 at 1:59 AM via web

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In Chapter 3 of "Night", when questioned by the S.S Officer, why did Elie lie about his age and occupation?

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

Posted March 31, 2009 at 2:34 AM (Answer #1)

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Elie knows that if he gives his true age he will be considered too young to be able to stay with his father. He will probably be marched off to the gas chamber. He also knows that he needs to find some reason the Nazis will find him useful. So, he lies about his occupation so that the Nazis will decide not to kill him but to send him someplace where they can use his skills. 

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