Why do Elie and his father leave Buna?From the book Night by Elie Wiesel

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Ashley Kannan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The movement from camp to camp, different location of pain to another location of suffering plays an important role in Wiesel's work.  As Eliezer is suffering from a foot condition and lying in an infirmary, he and his father receive word that a Russian army is advancing and will liberate the Buna camp.  The Germans, in response, decide to evacuate the camp.  The belief was that prior to evacuation, the Germans would kill all those who were in the infirmary.  This is what becomes the primary motivation behind why Eliezer and his father leave Buna.  In the end, it turned out that the camp was liberated and no one in the infirmary was killed.  This reflects the inability to see past one's own state during the time period.  Acting on one's freedom, in many senses, was done so in a shroud of concern and an overwhelming lack of clarity.