Whom Did Elie Meet Years Later On The Paris Metro

In Chapter 4 of Night, whom did Elie meet years later on the Paris Metro?

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As was mentioned in the previous post, Elie worked next to a young French woman who looked Aryan. One day, Elie is beaten badly by Idek and eventually crawled to a corner by himself. Suddenly, Elie felt the cool touch of the French woman who wiped the blood from his face and gave him a piece of bread. Elie mentions that he knew that she wanted to talk to him, but could not speak because she was paralyzed by fear. Years later, Elie recognizes the French woman while he is sitting in the Metro in Paris. He approaches her and asks if she remembers him from the Buna camp. She remembers Elie from the incident with Idek and the two spend the whole afternoon reminiscing over lunch. The French woman then answers Elie's final question by telling him that she is a Jew and explains how she ended up being sent to a forced labor unit. 

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At the warehouse in Buna, Elie often works next to a young French girl.  They never speak, because she apparently knows no German and Elie does not understand French.  She is a forced labor deportee.  One day, Idek, the Kapo, who is prone to "bouts of madness", furiously attacks Elie for no other reason than he got in his way.  Elie takes a brutal beating, and when it is over, he drags himself to a corner, aching all over.  The French girl comes over and wipes his blood-stained forehead with her hand and slips him a small piece of bread.  She looks at him closely in the eye, and seems to want to say something.  Suddenly she speaks to him encouragingly, telling him in perfect German not to cry, to save his "anger and hatred for another day".

In Paris many years later, Elie's attention is caught by a "very beautiful woman with black hair and dreamy eyes" sitting facing him in the Metro.  It is the French girl who helped him that day in Buna.  She remembers Elie, and reveals to him that she is indeed Jewish also.  During the occupation she passed herself off as an Aryan.  It was very dangerous for her to let anyone know she spoke German in the camp, but she took the chance with Elie because she "knew (he) wouldn't give (her) away" (Chapter 4).


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