What is the manner in which Moishe is treated by the Jews when he escaped an attempted deportation/murder?

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By describing the Sighet Jews' treatment of Moishe when he returns with his warning, Elie Wiesel demonstrates several truths about his fellow villagers. First, the Jews of Sighet refused to believe that experiences such as Moishe's were true. To believe that Moishe had actually witnessed babies being used as target practice would force the Jews to take action--something that they seem unwilling to do in Sighet. Unfortunately, they choose to treat Moishe with disbelief and contempt and simply equate his testimony with senility. Wiesel's description of Moishe's treatment also illustrates insensitivity on the part of the Sighet Jews. Moishe is a man who has always been an outsider, and after experiencing the most horrific event of his life, he receives no comfort or validation from his adopted village; rather, in response to his attempt to save the Jews' lives, he garners only mockery and disavowal.