In Night, how does Eliezer's relationship with his father grow stronger while his father is sick?

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Eliezer’s father got weaker, and he eventually fell ill while at the Buchenwald concentration camp. He suffered from a bout of dysentery until he succumbed from the effects of the disease and lack of treatment. Eliezer was not optimistic of his father’s survival because of the conditions in the camps. However, he did everything to keep his father comfortable. The reality that he was going to lose his father made him grow closer to him. Eliezer bribed his way into getting a cot next to his father because he wanted to be close to him. He always ensured that he stayed close to his father. He tried to get his father some medical attention, but his attempts were futile. Eliezer gave his father his ration of food, and he went hungry, all in attempts to buy his father more time. The Blockalteste noticed his predicament and tried to dissuade him from giving his food to his father. Eliezer continued to help his father despite the odds against him until he passed on.