What opportunities for escape do the Wiesels miss before the evacuation?What are the missed opportunities?

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When Moishe the Beadle comes back into the ghetto in the novel Night by Elie Wiesel, several opportunities to escape are missed.  Moishe warns the Wiesels about the transports and the killings so that they could get ready and escape.  The Wiesels choose not to believe his terrible accounts of what  is happening.  Elie had asked his father to sell everything and move to Palestine while it was still possible to buy the necessary certificates, but his father says that he is too old to start over.  When the Wiesels are living in the ghetto and a knock is heard on the window, they don't get it open in time for the warning of danger which a Hungarian inspector was trying to give them.  When Maria, the former maid, comes to offer them  a hiding place, Elie's father refuses, not wanting to be separated.  Sadly, the Wiesels miss many opportunities for escape.


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