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Eliezer Wiesel lives with his father Shlomo Wiesel in Sighet, Transylvania. Elie meets Moishe the Beadle who knows all about Kabbalah. Elie studies Talmud during the day and at night he would clean up over the destruction of the Temple. Eli's father didn't want him to learn Kabbalah, that's why Elie got Moishe to be his mentor and help him learn more about Mysticism. One day all of the foreign Jews got expelled from Sighet and since Moishe was a foreigner he left. After months, Moishe was back and shared news with other Jews. He told them that the Germans were coming and wanted to liquidate all Jews. But some of the people didn't believe it because they said that Sighet was so small that they wouldn't bother taking time to pass by....
My father is sick... Dysentery
The Germans did end up coming by instead of staying in Budapest like they had hoped for. A bunch of army vehicles pulled up on their streets. The same day Hungarian police came and took all of their belongings. Before they all knew it they were in a cattle car, everyone squished with each other. They were now on the way to the camp. Upon the arrival to the camp, men were sent to the left and women to the right. All of their belongings were eventually taken away before entering.
What a shame, a shame that you did not go with your mother... I saw many children your age go with their mothers....
Elie and his father were separated from his mother and sister after arriving. They had to lie about their age to choose between life or death.
Elie's father was getting more and more sick by days pass. Life at camp has been awful for him and his father. And now Elie is trying everything under his power to help his father. Shlomo was getting weaker and weaker, he couldn't even get up. He was dysentery, which means he had a bad infection in his intestines. The Blockalteste knew that he wouldn't be able to make it. The doctors didn't even bother to help Elie's father at all.
That's not my business. I'm a surgeon. Go on. Make room for the others!
His last word had been my name. He had called out to me and I had not answered.
Elie's father didn't make it. He died on the same day that the Blockalteste told him that Elie would have to learn to care of himself in the camp. He woke up at dawn and realized his father's body wasn't there due to them probably taking it to the crematorium. No prayers were said over his tomb and no candles lit.
On April 10, Elie finally got freedom along with other people. American tanks pulled up to the doors of the camp and at that moment he knew he made it through alive. Days after the liberation, he became sick with some type of poisoning. One day, he looked at himself from a mirror in a wall. He hadn't been himself ever since the ghetto. And after a few seconds, he saw the corpse of his father in the mirror that to this day he still remembers.
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