In Eli Wiesel's Night, what bothered Eliezer about the second "trial"?pages 47-65

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In Eli Wiesel's Night, what bothers Eli (and those around him) more about the second execution is that a young boy who has worked at the camp, who everyone is very fond of, is executed.

The child (described as "the sad-eyed angel") is sentenced to hang...

The SS seemed more preoccupied...than usual. To hang a young boy in front of thousands of spectators was no light matter...This time the Lagerkapo refused to act as executioner...

The three victims mounted together onto the chairs...the child was silent.

"Where is God? Where is He?" someone behind me asked.

At a sign from the head of the camp, the three chairs tipped over.

However, if the sentencing of the young boy had not been horrible enough, his weight is so slight that his neck does not break.

...being so light, the child was still alive...for more than half an hour he stayed there, struggling between life and death...

And the boy is still aware—not having lost consciousness. The prisoners are forced to file by and they meet the boy's eyes. Again a voice behind Eli wonders where God is at such a time. Executions are not so much out of the ordinary, but the death of a child this way, is. Eli answers the question about God:

...I heard a voice within me answer him:

"Where is He? Here He is—He is hanging here on this gallows..."

The second trial is so much more horrible than the first because the SS executes a child.

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