meh. I read Night in 9th grade by Elie Weisel – and it’s common assigned in 8th grade.

meh. I read Night in 9th grade by Elie Weisel – and it’s common assigned in 8th grade.
In Night, which is based on a true story — just as this book is – introduces students to pipels.
One definition is:
“Among Nazi concentration camp detainees, an attractive male child who receives special favor or privileges by maintaining a relationship with another detainee who has been granted some authority over other detainees.”
or described : “pipel” (assistant) was an young teen boy who was the favorite of a “kapo” (prisoner-boss)”
They were often little jerks because they were pretty boys given extra powers by the guards in exchange for sexual favors to the guards.
But there was one recounted that was a pathetic little waif that everybody liked – not just the kapo he worked for.
But he broke a rule – stole something, not sure if his kapo was involved or not too – but whatever rules are rules and so they had to hang him in the square along with two others as a demonstration not to do the stealing things or whatever.
Unfortunately, he was very a lightweight and his body weight wasn’t enough for him to die immediately like most.
So he just hung there and made lots of awful noises for hours and hours, described in great detail.
Anyway, it’s clear the pipels were the sex toys of the guards and there’s other stuff in the book related to r_pe and stuff, not to mention being a part of piles of bodies unable to breathe, etc.
So that’s a book for 8th-9th graders.
This book, I looked it up, is for 10th-12th grade.
I’m not trying to justify it or not. But I’m just saying that considering it’s a autobiographical about a person in an uncommon situation for 16-18 year olds to read, it doesn’t seem as strange as presented here.
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