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Night Essay- Fathers and Sons During World War II millions of Jews went to work in concentration camps Many were separated completely from their families And some who were not still did not do their best to stay together In the book Night by Elie Wiesel there are some instances of this involving fathers and sons In all of these examples the son was cruel to his father Although there is never a good reason to be unkind to one of the people who created you these sons had to think of their own survival which was threatened at this desperate time in history The first example in the book was found on page 60 One of the pipel who were young children under the Oberkapo beat his own father because the father did not make his bed properly When his father cried the boy told him that if he didnt stop he would no longer receive his ration of bread The reason behind this vicious treatment of the childs own father was probably that if he didnt treat all prisoners equally including his own family members he probably would have been killed for not doing his job His own survival was threatened and the only thing he could do was follow his orders A second example of cruel treatment of a father was found on page 87 This was during the prisoners march from Buna to Buchenwald When they were traveling Rabbi Eliahou came up to Eliezer and asked if he had seen his son Eliezer lied and said that he hadnt He didnt want the man to know the real story In reality the rabbis son had seen his old weak father drop back in the line and did not want to risk his own safety by slowing down for him If he had the guards probably would have shot him This was a time when you had to think
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