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What are some incidents that suggest or foreshadow coming danger to Sighet Jews in Night?

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Posted February 15, 2013 at 2:20 PM via iOS

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What are some incidents that suggest or foreshadow coming danger to Sighet Jews in Night?

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stolperia | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted February 15, 2013 at 10:42 PM (Answer #1)

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The Jews of Sighet chose to ignore signs that could have been viewed as warnings of approaching troubles because they didn't want to have to face the possible danger.

The first specific event that could have been seen as a signal was the deportation of foreign Jews from Sighet. If the native Hungarian Jews had identified more closely with the foreigners in their community, such as Moishe the Beadle, the forced transportation of those individuals away from Sighet would have raised concern. However, even Moishe's return and the stories he told about his experiences were not perceived as causes for alarm.

people not only refused to believe his tales, they refused to listen. Some even insinuated that he only wanted their pity, that he was imagining things.

The Jews of Sighet went on, refusing to acknowledge the possibility that Hitler might be able to carry out his threats. They felt protected by distance and by the strength of the nations fighting against the German forces. Even when Hungary was initially invaded, the Jews of Sighet convinced themselves that "The Germans will not come this far. They will stay in Budapest."

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