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Elie Wiesel's description of what happens to the Sighet Jewish community in Chapter One vividly portrays the orderliness and effectiveness of Hitler's Final Solution. The citizens of Sighet slowly give up rights and privileges, beginning with seemingly minor ones until they realize (when it is too late) that an escalation in their losses has occurred.
First, the foreigners are deported from Sighet, and Elie's family thinks they are simply being sent to work elsewhere. Next, German troops move into Hungary and eventually the Jews of Sighet are expected to give up space in their homes to accommodate the troops. At this point, the Jews are still ambivalent. Then, Jewish community leaders are arrested, and "Jews [were] not allowed to leave their houses for three days--on pain of death."
Later, Hungarian police stormed all the Jewish homes, and "a Jew no longer had the right to keep in his house gold, jewels, or any objects of value."
Finally, before deportation, Jews are forced to wear the yellow star, forbidden to go into common businesses or travel by rail, go to the synagogue, and must abide by a curfew. Wiesel ends this description of his people's loss of rights by simply stating, "Then came the ghetto."
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