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In Elie Wiesel's Night, how did Elie survive?

In Elie Wiesel's Night, Elie survives largely though luck. At any given time he could easily have suffered the same fate as so many of the other Jewish prisoners. At the same time, it's important to acknowledge that Elie helped himself to survive by keeping his head down and not doing anything that might draw attention to himself.

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As Elie frankly admits, he survived his terrifying experiences of the camps largely by chance. He's equally adamant that he wasn't brave and that he didn't do anything to contribute to his survival. There was no heroism and were no miracles involved; it was all down to nothing more than chance.

In reading the story one would have to agree with Elie's assessment. At any given time, he could've ended up the same way as so many of the other Jewish prisoners. Starvation, disease, summary execution, any one of these factors could have struck him down at the drop of a hat. As there was no rhyme or reason to the Nazis' bestial savagery there was nothing to stop them...

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