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"Night" by Elie Wiesel. Chapters 3,4 and 5.

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Night: Journal Chapter 3 At Birkenau men and women are separated. Elie will never see his mother and his sister again. Elie and his father lie about their age and profession, so that they wouldn't get killed. Elie and other Jewish workers witness babies being thrown into fire. Elie starts questioning himself if the god would allow something like this to happen for the first time. When they returned to the barracks from work they are taken to the showers, shaven at the barber, and given work clothes. When arriving to Auschwitz, a Gestapo warned the Jews that if they are not going to work, they will be burned in the crematoria. The prison numbers are given and tattooed to the prisoners. Elie and his father meet a relative from Antwerp. He asks them about his wife and children. He lies to him by saying that he has heard good news about them, but when the transport from Antwerp arrives, he realizes that they were dead. ...read more.


Together they plan of going to Palestine together if they survive the camps. Then Elie was sent to the dentist to get his gold tooth taken out, but he fakes that he is ill. When he returns to the dentist he finds out that the dentist had been hanged for selling gold teeth. He doesn't feel sorry for him, because tooth could buy him food later on in his life at the camp. Elie is beaten by Kapo while working at the warehouse. A young French girl wiped his bloody lips and gave him a bit of bread. Another time, the kapo had beaten up Elie's father in front of Elie's eyes. Elie could only watch, because he was scared that he would have gotten beaten up as well. His father is beaten up every day until Elie gives his golden tooth. Ellie is given twenty-five lashes of the whip for walking in on kapo with a girl. ...read more.


He's been told that the Buna camp used to be a disaster compared to now, but there are rumors of a selection process that worry Elie. In new selection they must run in front of the Gestapo doctors. When Elie's turn comes, he runs as if his life depends on it. Elie finds out, that both, him and his dad passed the selection process. Ten prisoners had to repeat the selection. Elie's father was one of them. Only a few of them, including Elie's father survive the selection. Elie's foot starts to swell during a cold winter. After the surgery, the camp is evacuated as the Red army gets closer. I found it very thrilling, how the Gestapo doctors ordered to kill the weaker men, that haven't passed the test, instead of helping them by giving them food, medicine and other things to make them stronger and healthier. I know that German SS officers were brainwashed and believed that they were a super race, but I don't get how they didn't show any sympathy towards the Jews and why did they let this happen. ...read more.

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