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Posted April 2, 2009 at 6:03 AM via web

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In chapter 3 of "Night," what was the first horrifying sight that Elie at first disbelieved?

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ladyvols1 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted April 6, 2009 at 11:30 AM (Answer #1)

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When Elie and his father are marched into Auschwitz he learns of the crematoriums and what their fate is to be.  He sees a large burning pit.  Within the pit are burning bodies.  He sees people throwing babies and small children into the fire.  Elie writes:

"Not far from us, flames, huge flames, were rising from a ditch.  Something was being burned there.  A truck drew close and unloaded its hold: small children. Babies! Yes, I did see this, with my own eyes... children thrown into the flames...  I pinched myself: was I still alive? Was I awake? How was it possible that men, women, and children were being burned and the world kept silent?  No.  All this could not be true."

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