Why is Elie beaten with a whip?

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Idek the Kapo rules the other prisoners with an iron fist. A brutal, sadistic man, he's prone to sudden outbursts of extreme violence. On one such occasion it's Elie who's on the receiving end. It's a Sunday, and Elie has been assigned to work in an electrical warehouse. Prisoners are...

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Idek the Kapo rules the other prisoners with an iron fist. A brutal, sadistic man, he's prone to sudden outbursts of extreme violence. On one such occasion it's Elie who's on the receiving end. It's a Sunday, and Elie has been assigned to work in an electrical warehouse. Prisoners are not normally supposed to work on Sundays, so there's nothing for Elie or the other inmates to do.

Idek disappears, and a bored Elie decides to go for a walk. Out and about on his travels, he sees Idek with a girl. Elie bursts out with laughter at the sudden realization that he and the other men were taken to the warehouse just so Idek could be with a girl; however, Idek is not amused. He responds to Elie's laughter with yet another outburst of savage violence, beating Elie unconscious with a whip.

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