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

Quick Answer

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.


Expert Answers info

Colin Cavendish-Jones, Ph.D. eNotes educator | Certified Educator

briefcaseCollege Professor, Lawyer

bookM.A. from Oxford University

bookPh.D. from St. Andrews University


calendarEducator since 2019

write989 answers

starTop subjects are Literature, History, and Law and Politics

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...

(The entire section contains 5 answers and 894 words.)

Unlock This Answer Now


check Approved by eNotes Editorial

Gretchen Mussey eNotes educator | Certified Educator

calendarEducator since 2015

write9,186 answers

starTop subjects are Literature, History, and Law and Politics

Further Reading:

check Approved by eNotes Editorial

thetall eNotes educator | Certified Educator

calendarEducator since 2014

write1,737 answers

starTop subjects are Literature, History, and Business

Further Reading:

check Approved by eNotes Editorial

renelane eNotes educator | Certified Educator

calendarEducator since 2006

write871 answers

starTop subjects are Literature and Math

Further Reading:

check Approved by eNotes Editorial

Jamie Wheeler eNotes educator | Certified Educator

calendarEducator since 2006

write2,050 answers

starTop subjects are Literature, Social Sciences, and History

check Approved by eNotes Editorial