Elie's father, in Night by Elie Wiesel, was like most people during WWII. He did not believe he and his family would be touched by the Holocaust. Besides, Sighet was his home, and he didn't want to leave. Nobody had any idea how bad things were going to get. Nothing remotely similar had happened to them, personally, before. Mr. Wiesel thought the events of the war would pass them by, and that they would be safe. When Elie finally asked his father to sell out the family business and emigrate to Palestine, Mr. Wiesel's response was that he was too old. He didn't feel that he could start all over somewhere far away at his age. Besides, the news was that the Russians were advancing and Hitler's defeat was imminent. Mr. Wiesel, like so many others, thought they were safe.