Why did the townspeople remain complacent with the German army in Night by Elie Wiesel?
The Jews of Sighet doubt the German Army’s resolve to carry out what Hitler had promised. When the officers first arrive in Sighet, the Jews are initially in anguish. However, the soldiers feign politeness towards them. The Jews welcome and host the soldiers in their homes. The soldiers, on the other hand, respond with kindness:
However, our first impressions of the German were most reassuring. The officers were billeted in private houses, even in the homes of Jews. Their attitude towards their hosts was distant, but polite.
In one of the homes, the soldier buys a box of chocolates for the mistress as a gesture of goodwill. These kind acts by the soldiers mislead the Jews into thinking that no harm will come to them....
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