What opportunities for escape do the Wiesels miss before the evacuation?

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The Wiesel family's initial chance to escape the Holocaust takes place in chapter 1 after Moishe the Beadle returns from miraculously surviving a Nazi firing squad. Moishe the Beadle urges the Wiesel family to leave Sighet and move to Palestine before it is too late. Unfortunately, Elie's father refuses to...

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The Wiesel family's initial chance to escape the Holocaust takes place in chapter 1 after Moishe the Beadle returns from miraculously surviving a Nazi firing squad. Moishe the Beadle urges the Wiesel family to leave Sighet and move to Palestine before it is too late. Unfortunately, Elie's father refuses to leave, telling his son that he is too old to start over again.

The Wiesel family once again misses an opportunity to escape by refusing to leave once the German forces make it to Budapest. They naively believe that the German troops will not continue traveling to their community, but this becomes a reality.

The Wiesel family still refuses to escape their community once the Germans begin restricting their rights and making them wear yellow stars. After the Jews of Sighet are forced to live in ghettos, Elie's father attends an important meeting and learns that there will be transports. The night before the Jews are crowded together to leave their community, the inspector of the Hungarian police knocks on the window seal of the Wiesel home to warn them about the impending danger. Unfortunately, the Wiesel family never gets the message and is forced to evacuate Sighet with the other Jews.

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When Moishe the Beadle comes back into the ghetto in the novel Night by Elie Wiesel, several opportunities to escape are missed.  Moishe warns the Wiesels about the transports and the killings so that they could get ready and escape.  The Wiesels choose not to believe his terrible accounts of what  is happening.  Elie had asked his father to sell everything and move to Palestine while it was still possible to buy the necessary certificates, but his father says that he is too old to start over.  When the Wiesels are living in the ghetto and a knock is heard on the window, they don't get it open in time for the warning of danger which a Hungarian inspector was trying to give them.  When Maria, the former maid, comes to offer them  a hiding place, Elie's father refuses, not wanting to be separated.  Sadly, the Wiesels miss many opportunities for escape.

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Jews had been discriminated against for more than 600 years by the time, so both the discrimination they endured and the rumors of further persecutions were nothing new, and Jews had always survived them in the end.  This is why Elie's family did not seek asylum in another nation, that, and the fact that no one wanted to believe how bad things could get, so they constantly reassured themselves that they could avoid such a horrible fate.

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The people of Sighet had heard rumblings, so there would have been an opportunity to escape, but no one believed the rumblings. Elie asked his father to escape, but that idea was turned down. Moishe the Beadle tried to warn all of what he saw, but no one paid heed. The were too complacent, unbelieving, or compliant.

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Good points presented above.  Elie and his family have several other opportunities to leave before they are taken away by the Germans.  One is when their servant leaves and offers to let the family come with her.  They (or should I say he, meaning Elie's father) did not take advantage of that opportunity.  Another opportunity was presented when Moshe the Beadle came back to warn them all of their impending doom; however, no one believed him and no one left.  One final opportunity came when they lived in the ghetto and the back of their house was accessible to the "outside," someone knocked on the window, presumably to offer them a chance of some kind to escape.  They do not, of course, take advantage of that opportunity either. 

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Well, there was really only one option for escape: leave the country. However, very few families took this chance. Many did not believe the rumors, even when individuals returned and told stories of mass killings and deportations. Once the Fascists gained power in Hungary, some were concerned, but most citizens considered it just another shift in administration. At one point, Eliezer asks his father to leave, but Chlomo Wiesel claims he is too old to start again. Thus, the Wiesel family does not take the chance to escape while they have time. Finally, when the Germans actually move into the town, they are quite friendly and polite, and thus no one really considered what was coming.

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