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In chapter 6 of "Night," how did Zalman die?

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marita80 | Student, Grade 9 | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted April 10, 2009 at 9:10 AM via web

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In chapter 6 of "Night," how did Zalman die?

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ladyvols1 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted April 10, 2009 at 10:47 AM (Answer #1)

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In chapter six of "Night," we find the Jews on a forced march in the snow.  The SS made all of the prisoners increase their speed.  They were running and some of them couldn't keep up.  If they dropped out and were seen by the SS they were killed.  Zalman was a "young Polish lad" who was marching beside Elie.  As they were running Zalman begins to cry out in pain saying that his stomach is in pain.  Elie tries to encourage him on but Zalman drops his pants and squats down.  Elie tells us that he was not killed by the SS because they didn't see Zalman go down. 

"The last picture I have of him... I do not think it can have been the SS who finished him, because no one had notice. He must have been trampled to death beneath the feet of the thousands of men who followed us."

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mattttam132 | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted May 8, 2012 at 2:43 PM (Answer #2)

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Well Elie didn't actually say how he died, He woke up and Zalman was trampled






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