What are the political and social implications of the book Night by Elie Wiesel?

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One of the more striking social implications of Night is the degree to which people in large groups delude themselves to avoid facing up to unpleasant situations. Eliezer criticizes the Jews of Sighet for their complacent attitude regarding the Nazis. To them, the war is just something that happens to other people, something that has no chance of touching them directly.

Even when Moishe the Beadle tells everyone, on the basis of first-hand experience, that the Nazis are rounding up Jews and deporting them, most people in Sighet refuse to believe him. And when the Germans finally arrive, their initially courteous behavior only reinforces the locals's complacency. People don't believe in the...

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