¨Most of the people thought that we would remain in the ghetto until the end of the war, until the arrival of the Red Army. Afterward everything would be as before. The ghetto was ruled by neither German nor Jew; it was ruled by delusion.¨
Most. Most of the people thought things would return to normal. The people, well most of the people continued each day with hope. With hope that after the war people would could continue their everyday lives. That´s what the the ghettos ran on, hope. The Jews hoped that the Red Army would save them. And the Germans hoped that the camps would no longer be needed because there would be no Jews left. I believe when Elie said that ¨it was ruled by delusion¨ he meant it was ruled by hope; more specifically false hope. Both parties hoped for something that did not have a strong chance of happening.