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There is a sacred bond between father and son It can be as strong as an ox or as gentle as a butterfly This bond is difficult to break This bond can give you strength or it can drag you down The father usually comforts and supports the son What if the roles were overturned Would the bond persist Before the invasion of the German troops Elie and his father had an aloof relationship Elie appreciated and respected his father just like other members of their community Elie and his father did not occupy much time together My father was a cultured man rather unsentimental He rarely displayed his feelings not even within his family and was more involved with the welfare of others than with that of his own kin Elies father did not fully support Elie when he sought to study the Kabbalah You are too young for that Maimonides tells us that one must be thirty before venturing into the world of mysticism a world fraught with peril First you must study the basic subjects those you are able to comprehend After the German troops invaded Sighet the Jewish community was banished to a ghetto With his family and many other Sighet Jews Elie was packed into a cattle car and sent to Birkenau Once they reached Birkenau Elie and his father are separated from Elies mom and sister Elie clung to his father and made sure they were not separated Little did they know that would be the last time they would ever see each other As Elie and his father passed selection the beginning of a bond started to form Elie and his father began to depend on one another They were inseparable They loved each other and would not let that fade and be separated They would die for one another if it was necessary
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