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1

alibi

An excuse that shows someone was not at a crime scene

If a Jew had no alibi to defend himself or herself, he or she would die to the Nazis.

2

buttress

Strengthen; support

Moishe the Beadle buttressed Elie Wiesel's interest in Judaism.

3

delineation

Demarcation; explanation; definition; outlining

Adolf Hitler did not have a true delineation as to why the Jews were seen as inferior to Germans.

4

evacuate

Vacate; empty; abandon

The Jews, including the Wiesel family, were forced to evacuate their homes in the ghetto by the Nazis.

5

idiosyncrasy

A personal peculiarity; something unique to an individual

Elie Wiesel had a peculiar idiosyncrasy of crying and weeping whenever he was praying.

6

libertarian

Someone who opposes tyranny

There were many libertarians among the Jews who opposed Adolf Hitler and his Nazi regime from Germany.

7

ominous

Threatening

The Nazis were an ominous force and army toward the Jews, through the Nazis' intimidation of the Jews.

8

potent

Powerful; compelling; strong

The Nazis were a potent threat toward the Jews, since they expressed their power toward Europe and the Jews.

9

ruminate

Think over something; ponder

Elie Wiesel ruminated about why God would allow bad things like the Holocaust to happen to the Jews.

10

transcribe

Copy

The evacuation of the Jews from their homes in Sighet transcribed the prior, similar situation that occurred in the past.

11

allay

To lessen

If the Jews followed the Nazis' orders in the concentration camps, their tortures would be allayed, since they were obedient toward their rulers.

12

byline

The line that tell you who wrote an article

You would never see a Jew in the byline of an article in a German newspaper or magazine.

13

demur

Hesitate; refuse

The Nazis would not demur when ordered to execute a Jew, which is what happened in the concentration camps.

14

exacerbate

Make worse

Some Jews, including Wiesel, wondered why God exacerbated their lives in the Holocaust.

15

ignominious

Shameful

Adolf Hitler and the Nazis believed that practicing Judaism was ignominious because of their racism.

16

liniment

Soothing lotion

The Jews were prohibited from taking luxurious items to the concentration camps, such as liniment and jewelry.

17

ominipotent

All-powerful

Elie Wiesel and the Jewish people believed in a supreme, omnipotent God who ruled over all of the universe.

18

pragmatic

Practical

From the Jewish perspective, the concentration camps were definitely not pragmatic, due to the severity shown by Nazis toward Jews like Elie Wiesel and his father.

19

ruse

Trick; stratagem

If the Jews attempted ruses to escape from the camps, they would suffer significantly as punishment.

20

transgress

Go astray; disobey; commit a sin

Some Jews who were with Wiesel in the concentration camps believed that because they had transgressed, God punished them.