Why was Eliezer's father almost thrown from the train in Night?

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As the book progresses, the reader is given clues of Elie's father's failing health.  Several times in the last few sections, Elie becomse responsible for his father's life. This excerpt is an example.  Elie's father is sleeping, obviously a very deep sleep, on the train and the other men in...

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As the book progresses, the reader is given clues of Elie's father's failing health.  Several times in the last few sections, Elie becomse responsible for his father's life. This excerpt is an example.  Elie's father is sleeping, obviously a very deep sleep, on the train and the other men in the car begin removing the dead and throwing them from the train.  Elie's father is so exhausted and near death that the men think he is dead. Elie waks up at the last minute to beg the men to leave his father.  He fights to wake his father up and succeeds but not without a near tragic loss.

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