In Night, how has the relationship between Elie and his father changed during their time in the concentration camps?

Ironically, Elie's relationship with his father improves upon entering the concentration camp. While commitments in his and his father's everyday life made Elie's relationship with his father before the Holocaust strained and distant, Elie and his father commit to living for one another when they enter the camp.

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At the beginning of Night, Elie Wiesel describes his father as a cultured, unsentimental man with a rather distant manner:

He rarely displayed his feelings, not even within his family, and was more involved with the welfare of others than with that of his own kin. The Jewish community of Sighet held him in highest esteem; his advice on public and even private matters was frequently sought.

Wiesel respected his father but did not feel that he knew him particularly well. This changed when they were together in the camps, where there was no privacy and the two had to depend on each other for survival.

Even before they are interned, Wiesel sees his father cry for the first time, and he has to hold his hand tightly when they are separated from his mother and sisters. His greatest concern at the beginning of their time in the camp is not to be separated from his father, and this is repeated whenever they are moved from camp to camp.

As the two become emotionally closer, Wiesel’s father becomes...

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