How do you account for the way they respond to the stories they hear by word of mouth? Over the radio? Have you or someone you know ever responded to news in similar ways?
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By 1944, The war was well under way. It would actually be over in a year. They had heard of coming danger but many simply went about their business choosing to believe war would not affect them. This was one of Wiesel's criticisms of Jewish culture and mindset. I suppose we all hope for the best and often live in denial of impending danger. I have never experienced such impending doom but I would hope to get out of there while I could.