Elie suggests that rather than dying by fire, he will run into the electric fence. How can a person resolve to kill themselves rather than let another person do so?

In the book night Ellie thinks of jumping on the electric fence why would someone want to do that over being killed by others?

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Many people would not make this choice for themselves. It is unfortunate that those who lived through the Holocaust had to envision and ponder their own death. For many, an instantaneous death by electricution would be preferrable to a slow death in the furnaces.