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At the beginning, the spirits among the Jews of Sighet are relatively high because they have the mentality that they will be safe, nothing bad will happen to them personally. Even when the first soldiers arrive, the spirits are high. The soldiers are cordial in the homes they reside in with the Jews of the town, so the townspeople believe the rumors of violence to be false.
They are holding on to hope and are somewhat in denial of what is happening in neighboring areas. They excuse the accounts of brutality and murder given by Moshe the Beadle as cries for attention and insanity. If they were to accept these tales as true, they would have to accept the danger they were in and they would be forced to leave their comfort zones.
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