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What Is Elie Wiesel's father's profession?

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Posted May 23, 2012 at 2:39 AM via web

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What Is Elie Wiesel's father's profession?

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Posted May 23, 2012 at 3:02 AM (Answer #1)

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Elie Wiesel's father, named Chlomo, is a businessman who owns a grocery store. He is highly respected by the community and is portrayed by Wiesel as a progressive Jew, religious but open to outside influences and customs. He made sure, for example, that his son studied modern Hebrew, so that he could read modern works in addition to older Jewish texts. While he is described as a "cultured, rather unsentimental man … more concerned with others than with his own family" early in the book, he devotes himself to keeping his son alive. Thus one of the most horrifying moments in the book is when Elie is forced to helplessly listen to his dying groans, which only ended when he was beaten by a guard.


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