What did the children cry for as the Jews stood in the street going through the roll call twenty times?

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This section of the novel comes when the Jews are just about to be removed from their ghetto, where they had been living in relative calm and peace. Then, suddenly, one night, the community finds out that they are to be transported the very next day. In the morning, German soldiers order the Jews out of their houses and tell them to line up. The day is very very hot, and because they are standing outside for so long, the children become very thirsty, but they are not allowed to return to their houses for water. Elie and his sisters are able to help bring them water.

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