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Posted December 13, 2012 at 12:37 AM via web

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Examine the significance of Moshe the Beadle's response to being deported because he is a foreign Jew.

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akannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted December 15, 2012 at 4:27 PM (Answer #1)

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Moshe the Beadle's response to being deported is an interesting one.  While he is targeted and isolated, his response is quite communitarian, focusing on the larger good.  Moshe pretends to be dead, witnessing the atrocities of the Nazis, only to come back to Sighet and warn them about what is to come.  Moshe believes that offering warning to the townspeople of Sighet is his purpose in being.  It is here where his reaction is interesting.  Moshe does not recoil in silence.  He does not take sanctuary in isolation.  Rather, Moshe the Beadle's response to being deported is to endure and then return to Sighet to warn others of his own experience.  His reaction is one of solidarity and community in a time where isolation and alienation pervades.  When he is rejected and shunned because of disbelief, Moshe the Beadle feels defeated.  His reaction is a foreshadowing of the worst effects of the Holocaust.  Wiesel's work speaks to the true terror of the Holocaust in how it eliminated connection and relations between individuals.  The dehumanization that the Nazis started was appropriated by its victims towards one another.  It is here where Moshe the Beadle's response to being deported is significant as it provides an example of what should be as opposed to what actually results.

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