Early in Night by Elie Wiesel, some of the young men want to revolt. Why don't they? 

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When the Jews of Sighet reach Birkenau, there is a moment where several of the young men talk of revolting. A few of them had knives.

"We've got to do something. We can't let ourselves be killed. We can't go like beasts to the slaughter. We've got to revolt." (Wiesel 29)

These men tried to get the other men to join them and rise up against the Nazis. They thought by doing this, that the rest of the world would know about them and even if they died, their deaths would not be in vain. 

However, the parents and older Jews among them pleaded with them not to revolt. They were very religious and believed that God would protect them. They also still had some hope that everything would turn out alright if they did as they were told. If the young men revolted, there would be no turning back, and they would all be killed. The Nazis had guns. The Jews' knives might injure a few or even kill some Nazis, but the chances of the Jewish prisoners getting out alive were practically non-existent. So, the young men listened to their elders, and the revolt ended before it started. 

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