In Night by Elie Wiesel, what secret does the French woman, who works near Elie, hide from everyone?

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The French girl Elie worked with at the warehouse in Night, was able to hide the fact that she was also Jewish. Because of her light hair, she was able to pass as Aryan. She was a forced labor deportee, so the conditions she lived under were poor but not nearly as terrible as those the Jews in the concentration camps endured. Elie thought she might be Jewish when she helped him after Idek beat him. She spoke German to him and called him, "Little brother." Elie did not know for sure, though, until he met her again many years later in France. She told Elie she had been able to get forged documents and pass herself off as an Aryan to escape the camps.