In chapter 9 of "Night," what did the prisoners do when they were freed?

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Upon being freed, the prisoners' first thoughts are to get some food. They are so hungry that it never even occurs to them to get revenge upon the Nazi guards and officers who imprisoned and tortured them in the first place.

After their hunger is sated, some of the young men go into town to bring back clothes and more food for everyone else. However, Elie mentions that they also go into town to have sex with girls. Elie says there is still "no trace of revenge" in their characters.

Essentially, the prisoners are more interested in rejoining life and regaining pleasures than they are in hatred or hurting their tormentors. This goes to show just how exhausted they are with the whole business of the war. The tone is one of relief and fatigue.

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In the final chapter of Wiesel's story the reader learns that his life was spared because of a warning by members of the Nazi resistance.  They told him not to report to the formation being called.  Elie tells us that the first thing the people did when they were freed was to grab whatever food they could put their hands on.  On page 77 we read:

"Our first act as free men was to throw ourselves onto the provisions.  We thought only of that.  Not of revenge, not of our families.  Nothing but bread.  And even when we were no longer hungry, there was still no one who thought of revenge."

He tells us that the next day some went to the town for food and clothes and some for women.  He got food poisoning and almost died and spent several days in the hospital.

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