Please Mosche, teach me the ways of Jewish mysticism
yes young Elizer
right, right, left, right
In this chapter, Elie was very interested in the Jewish religion. He asked his dad if he could learn Jewish Mysticism, but his father was in disapproval. Elie searched for a master and said, "I succeeded on my own in finding a master for myself in the person of Moshie the Beadle" (Wiesel 4). Elie took initiative to find out more information on something he loved.
In this chapter, Elie and the other prisoners arrived in Auschwitz. This was also when Mrs. Schachter was hallucinating about fires. She said, "Look at the fire! Look at the flames! Flames everywhere..." (Wiesel 26). Everyone got very annoyed and even tried to subdue her by hitting her on the head.
Run as your life depended on it
In this chapter, the first selection happened. This is what split up Elie's family and started the long journey at the camp. To show the quickness and inhumanity of the SS officers, Elie repeated what the SS officer said; he said, "Men to the left! Women to the right!" (Wiesel 29). Elie talked about in an instant, he was seperated from his mother and sister.
In this Chapter, Elie's main goal was to get into a good Kommando. He got into the Kommando that works with electrical parts. According to many sources throughout the chapter, the electrical kommando was one where the people could pull their weight fairly easily. To tell Elie that he got into a good Kommando, Hans said smiling, "You fell into a good Kommando..." (Wiesel 50).
In this chapter, there is a selection based on fitness. The prisoners are told to run and only the fastest can live. The "muselmen" (thin, frail people) are sent to death. Elie is scared to see if both he and his father will pass. Luckily, they both pass. To congratulate Elie, Yossi reassured him by saying, "You were running too fast..." (Wiesel 72). Elie was set for survival because he destroyed the competition.