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."