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How does Wiesel feel about the Hungarian police?

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susank7780 | Student, Grade 11 | (Level 1) Salutatorian

Posted February 11, 2012 at 6:05 AM via web

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How does Wiesel feel about the Hungarian police?

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readerofbooks | College Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

Posted February 14, 2012 at 11:02 AM (Answer #1)

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Eliezer begins to hate the Hungarian police with a passion while the Jews are in their ghettos. The Hungarian police are in no way friendly towards the Jews. And when the ghettos are being evacuated and the Jews are being brought to the trains, Eliezer is able to see the Hungarian police, wielding their clubs and riffles. They are forcing the Jew to leave and treating them as animals. It is even more personal, because they are rounding up his friends and neighbors.

The Hungarian police are seen to be henchmen for the Nazis as they are marching the Jews through the streets to an unknown place, eventually to meet their death. It is no wonder that Eliezer says the following words to describe the Hungarian police: "It was from that moment that I began to hate them, and my hate is still the only link between us today."

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mizzwillie | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator

Posted February 11, 2012 at 6:52 AM (Answer #1)

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In the novel Night by Elie Wiesel, the Jews are treated terribly.  After Moishe the Beadle comes back to the ghetto with his terrible tales of death and destruction which no one chooses to believe, it is the Hungarian police who begin the gathering of the Jews to transport them.  When Wiesel sees them screaming at and shoving Jews into line, he begins to hate them.  In the novel, he even talks about the Hungarian police being their first oppressors, the first faces of evil and death.  Wiesel goes along with his father's decision to keep the family together, and so it is the Hungarian police who make them climb into the railcars crammed together.  Again, Wiesel sees them as the enemy, the face of evil turned directly at the Jews.

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