What was the moment when Eliezer first starts to feel hate in Night?

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Ashley Kannan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

It's fairly challenging to pinpoint one moment when Eliezer does not feel negativity and hatred for what he and others are enduring.  If I had to pick one critical moment where this become vocalized to the reader, Eliezer's time at Birkenau might be one of the first elements where we begin to see a sense of resentment and hatred develop.  It was at this point where Eliezer is separate from his mother and sister, and effectively they are gone from the narrative.  It is also where we, along with Eliezer, see the worst of crimes perpetrated in terms of the mass murder and pure cruelty of the Nazis.  It is at this point where Eliezer sees babies being executed and the gas chambers work to their maximum capacity:  "Never shall I forget these things, even if I am condemned to live as long as God Himself. Never."  At the same time, we can see more resentment build when Eliezer sees the child hanging from the gallows at Buna, Eliezer speaks the truth aloud:  “Where is God now'  And I heard a voice within me answer him:
'Where is He? Here He is—He is hanging here on this gallows."  At such a statement, the reader understands the level of hatred and anger which is present in the young Eliezer at the predicament where one feels abandoned by God and all notions of order and justice in the world.