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The book Night is about the holocaust as experienced by Elie Weisel from inside the concentration camps During World War II millions of innocent Jews were taken from their homes to concentration camps resulting in the deaths of 6 million people There were many methods of survival for the prisoners of the holocaust during World War II In the book Night there were three main modes of survival faith family and food From the examples in the book Night faith proved to be the most successful in helping people survive the holocaust While obtaining food seemed to be the entire purpose of life for the people imprisoned in the camps it often killed more people than it saved Though focusing on food seemed like a logical thing to do when you are being starved it was not always very effective in helping people survive There are many situations in the book illustrating how living for the sole purpose of acquiring foodunder any conditioncould turn out to be lethal Elie wrote of one time during an air raid when two half-full cauldrons of soup were left unguarded in a path Despite their hunger the prisoners were too frightened for their lives to even touch the cauldrons One brave man dragged himself to the cauldrons intending to drink some of the forbidden soup Before he could so much as take a small taste of the soup he was shot and he fell to the ground dead In Night Elie recalled him as a Poor hero committing suicide for a ration of soup Weisel 56 Later in the story there is yet another example of how food could kill While the prisoners were in cattle cars being moved to a different camp a worker in one of the towns they passed through threw a piece of bread into one of the cars and watched as they literally killed for just a mouthful Through that
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