What did the boy mean in "Night" when he said that the soup tasted like corpses?

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Because they had just witnessed a horrific execution, the prisoners could not even take satisfaction in meeting their basic needs--such as eating. Elie's friendĀ feels that they eat at the expense of another (the executed), and figuratively, the sight of a young child dying leaves a bitter taste in their mouths.