Why was author Elie Wiesel beaten for the second time?

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In the haunting book, Night, by Elie Wiesel, Elie tells his personal story of the Holocaust. Conditions in the camps are inhumane and cruel, but Elie feels somewhat lucky to have been assigned to work at an electrical warehouse, where he is able to stay with his father. The Kapo, Idek, who is in charge of the warehouse, leaves the workers alone for the most part but is prone to having fits of anger once in awhile, and the prisoners quickly learn to stay out of his way. On a Sunday, when the men are not supposed to work, Idek takes them to the warehouse, and then he disappears. Elie, upon having nothing else to do, goes for a walk and discovers Idek with a girl. He bursts into laughter, realizing that they had all been made to go to the warehouse just so Idek could be with a girl. Of course, this enrages Idek, and later that day, Idek beats him with a whip so viciously, Elie passes out.

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