Eliezer and his father should've stayed and not gone to the other camp. Why did they choose to leave? What happened after they left?After his foot surgery, Eliezer explains that he and his father...

Eliezer and his father should've stayed and not gone to the other camp. Why did they choose to leave? What happened after they left?

After his foot surgery, Eliezer explains that he and his father should have remained at the hospital. They should not have gone to the next camp with the other inmates. Why did they choose to leave? What happened shortly after they left?

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Ashley Kannan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Eliezer and his father believed that staying in the camp would have meant certain death.  They believed that because Eliezer was in the infirmary, staying in the camp would have meant that those sick and ill would have been killed first.  They made the tactical decision to leave with this in mind.  Of course, they only realize their mistake because when it comes to bear that the camp was liberated and no one was killed.  In the end, their decision to leave Buna was made with the facts and understanding that they had at the time.  It was an example of individuals not being able to see past the choice they don't fully understand, something that was sadly true during the Holocaust.  Individuals had only what was in front of them to act and to make decisions.  This was not something where transcendence was present.  People  like Eliezer and his father made decisions in the hopes to stay alive and with some of these calculations, futility and greater pain resulted.  This ends up becoming the true terror of the Holocaust in the creation of a situation where all the rational thought in the world would still not be able to guarantee that the decision made and undertaken was the "right" one.