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In Night, how does Elie save his father from the selection at Gleiwitz?  Interpret...

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In Night, how does Elie save his father from the selection at Gleiwitz?  Interpret what this reveals about his commitment to his father.

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dymatsuoka | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted January 6, 2008 at 3:30 PM (Answer #1)

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When Elie's father is sent to the left to die with the weak, Elie, who had been sent to the right, breaks rank and runs after him.  SS officers pursue him, and in the ensuing confusion, many of those on the left side, including Elie and his father, are able to come back to the right undetected.  Under the strain of the brutal conditions of the camps, Elie, concerned with his own survival, had begun to view his father as an encumbrence to that end.  Realizing with horror that an acquaintance, Rabbi Eliahou, had been actually abandoned by his own son, he had prayed not to be allowed to degenerate to that point.  Elie's action in risking his life for his father proves that he still cares for his father very much; his commitment to him is still strong and he will not abandon him. 

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