In the book Night by Elie Wiesel, how does deportation change Moshe and the others' feelings toward him?

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In the book Night by Elie Wiesel, Moshe the Beadle is deported from the ghetto first, but manages to escape and come back to the ghetto to warn the other Jews about the deaths of those deported.  Moshe was a gentle man who talked to Elie about the mystical part of Judaism while his father would not.  Moshe was also poor and one of the people in the ghetto who needed the help of others to survive.  The Moshe who returns from deportation is devastated,  "the joy in his eyes was gone","he no longer sings", and he is desperate to warn the Jews to flee as the Nazis have only death waiting for the deported.  The other people in the ghetto refuse to listen,  believe that he is a madman, for what he says is unbelievable to the civilized mind. They even go so far as to intimate that he wants their pity and thus money. Moshe even tells Elie, "Life?  I no longer care to live.  I am alone.  But I wanted to come back to warn you.  Only no one is listening to me." So they are not gentle with him, he quits warning people, and when the Nazis do come, Moshe disappears so that he is not captured and deported again.   


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