In Night, what is the Red Army used for?

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In Night, the Red Army is used to liberate the concentration camps.

The function of the Red Army is as an adversary to the Nazis. At the time when Night takes place, the Allied forces challenged Hitler from two primary directions.  The America and British parts of the Allied alliance threaten Hitler from the West. The Red Army, or the Soviet army, is the threat that the Nazis face to their East.  The Allied two pronged approach was critical in defeating Hitler and the Axis threat in Europe.

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