Like any combination of humans anywhere, the way the prisoners treat each other varies depending on circumstance and personal values.
Generally speaking, the prisoners try to look out for each other. When facing an inspection, Elie receives helpful tips for how to look his "best." Later, he suffers a tough beating from Idek and crawls away in misery. When all hope seems lost, a girl who passes for Aryan wipes blood from his face and offers him a bit of bread. This is a great risk for her personally; she has thus far escaped detection as a Jewish inmate, and even Elie thinks she speaks no German. However, when she sees his suffering, the French girl is compelled to comfort and encourage Elie, who has worked beside her for quite some time. The girl looks straight into Elie's eyes and says,
Brother ... Don't cry. Keep your anger, your hate, for another day, for later. The day will come but not now ... Wait.
Moments such as this one unite the prisoners and help them face the unending...
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