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In chapter 6 of "Night", how did Elie help his father when the selection was made?

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yashira17 | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted April 29, 2009 at 6:48 AM via web

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In chapter 6 of "Night", how did Elie help his father when the selection was made?

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dneshan | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Associate Educator

Posted May 1, 2009 at 10:19 AM (Answer #1)

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In Chapter 6, after Elie first saves his father by staying by his side and pushing him on as they were forced to run nonstop from their camp in Buna to the new Gleiwitz Camp, he again saves his father when the next selection is made.  Elie’s father is chosen in the selection. In order to save him, Elie runs after him and in doing this he causes a commotion. The SS officers become confused and don’t realize that Elie and his father both get themselves back to the “non-selected” group.  This is how Elie is able to save his father.

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