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In Night, what conection is the young pipel to Elie?

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There was no direct relation between Eliezer and the pipel. The pipel was the young servant of the Dutch Oberkapo to the Fifty-second Cable Kommando. This particular pipel was not brutal as most of his peers who were known to display extreme levels of savagery far worse than their Oberkapos. The pipel and the Oberkapo were both friendly and everyone at the camp liked them. Unfortunately the Oberkapo was organizing a revolt and one day a power failure at the camp attracted the Gestapo who investigated and found weapons kept by the Oberkapo. He was tortured and likely killed in Auschwitz. The pipel was also tortured but did not speak. He was put to death by hanging along with two others who were found in possession of the weapons. This was among some of the hangings that Eliezer witnessed but this was different because of the child’s hanging.

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There was no direct connection between the pipel and Elie.

The Oberkapo, the person in charge of the area of the prison camp were Elie was at the time, had a pipel, a young Jewish prisoner, as a "servant." Probably the boy was used for sexual enjoyment, as "this one had a delicate and beautiful face-an incredible sight in this camp."  Unlike some pipels, who would use their position of favor with the Oberkapo to obtain favors for themselves, the pipel in Elie's camp "was beloved by all. His was the face of an angel in distress."

When the Oberkapo is arrested for hiding weapons and is removed from the camp, the pipel is questioned and tortured, but refuses to divulge any information he may have had. When he is hung, his body is too light for the noose to immediately break his neck and kill him. Elie, as all the other prisoners, is horrified by the sight of "his tongue...still red, his eyes not yet extinguished."

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