Why is Eliezer's father denied medical care at Buchenwald?

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A major reason why Eliezer's father was denied medical care was because of his age.  The guards did not want to spend supposedly valuable time caring for "nonessential" prisoners.  Being an old man and in a very bad condition, the guards displayed even more of a dismissive attitude towards helping him.  At this particular point in the work, the Nazi guards were feeling the pressure of the Allied forces and knew that they were going to be driven out or captured very soon.  This caused them to display even more of a harsh and brutal attitude towards those who had the unfortunate distinction of being with them.  Eliezer's father is an example of having to endure this brutal treatment.

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