"I had not seen myself since the ghetto. From the depths of the mirror, a corpse gazed back at me. The look in his eyes, as they stared into mine, have never left me." (Weisel, 99)
The little boy hung was a servant to another who had conspired to blow up the electric power station in Buna. They found them and arrested them both. they sentenced the boy to hang. The prisoners are used to seeing men hanged but this time they are shocked and appalled to watch a young boy as the victim. Adding to the horror, the boy is small and weighs to little die instantly so he suffers a slow, agonizing death. while suffering the Jews were forced to watch including Elie.
A cattle car could have fit about 80 people and the Nazis forced at least a 100. Most didn't know where the destination was and were very unsettled. Madame Schachter who was on the same cattle car as Elie when she started yelling this quote. This quote was a foreshadow of the numerous atrocities they were about to face. The prisoners were scared and frustrated because she wouldn't stop yelling so they beat her. to showing the didn't want to believe what was about to become of them.
Wiesel throughout the war had not been able to look at himself since the ghetto and going through all the camps. Being starved by the Nazis had led to malnutrition. All the torture and grueling work also took a toll on him. When he looks at himself he really understands the pain and torture the Jews and himself had gone through. When he looked at himself he didn't see the same person, he saw half of what he used to be. And as he put it, "... a corpse gazing back at me."