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“And then, one day all foreign Jews were expelled from Sighet,” writes Wiesel,...

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fishwang59 | eNotes Newbie

Posted May 28, 2013 at 11:58 AM via web

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“And then, one day all foreign Jews were expelled from Sighet,” writes Wiesel, quite bluntly. “And Moishe the Beadle was a foreigner.”  Explain why Wiesel delivers his information about the foreign Jews, especially Moishe the Beadle, both before and after their disappearance so matter-of-factly. 

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mizzwillie | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator

Posted May 28, 2013 at 1:13 PM (Answer #1)

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The original question had to be edited down.  In his book Night, Elie Wiesel writes with such dispassion because he is looking backward and knows what is coming, sort of like saying if I knew then what I know now.  He is calmly explaining that the foreign Jews disappeared one day, knowing that the future has changed overnight for all of the Jews. Moishe the Beadle is the songbird of the mine where when it dies, it warns the miners of lethal gases.  When Moishe returns after his escape from the Nazis, his stories of what happened sound so unbelievable that no one would believe him for then they would be forced to change what they were doing and try to leave their homes for a safer place  leaving behind all that they knew.  When you consider that the Holocaust was so systematic in its plan for the extinction of a complete religious group with millions of people, it does sound preposterous because genocide had never been done in such a systematic way before.  Wiesel also writes his book several years after his experiences, and the emotions are expressed far more when he writes of his concentration camp confinement and the horrors he experiences there.

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