One striking question he asks is “what about the children? Oh, we see them on television, we read about them in the papers, and we do so with a broken heart”, implying that the audience is willing to read and be informed about suffering but refuses to take action (Wiesel 4). Wiesel wants the audience to feel uncomfortable and unsatisfied with their personal actions.. By asking tough questions he is challenging the audience to reflect and change the way they look at suffering. Making a change from the inside is the most effective way to convince people to take action, as Wiesel clearly knows and takes advantage of. Wiesel appeals to the audience’s sense of duty, by first attacking them with an appeal to emotion.
In April 1999, Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel addresses the President, First Lady, several members of the government, and the American public with a speech titled “The Perils of Indifference.” He provides examples of indifference during World War II. Similarly, he reasons why indifference in the future has the potential to cause disaster. As the country turns its back on people, a multitude of victims suffer. Wiesel feels the responsibility to spread awareness as he personally felt the effects of indifference. His use of rhetorical appeals and his ability to evoke emotion in other people and persuade them to change their perspective or actions are what cause his speech to be powerful.
His first two paragraphs talk in detail about when he was liberated and how even though he could not understand the language of the American soldiers, he knew from their eyes the rage they felt when they saw the living conditions and even if they wanted to they could not forget or ignore what the soldiers saw in the concentration camp. By making the Nazi’s and indifferent countries look like the bad guy , it makes him look like the good guy and people should have sympathy for him. Elie Wiesel purpose for speaking to the audience of bystanders was to show just how tragic the Holocaust was and how those who ignored it were just as guilty as the offenders. By emotionally recalling the gruesome events that Wiesel and millions of other people had to endure, people show sympathy and feel a sense of
In the world today, there are good kind hearted people, and there are also individuals who have immoral ulterior motives. But, to truly gain an insightful view of the person is to regard their actions under extreme conditions and pressure. While Elie Wiesel suffers during the Holocaust in his memoir Night, he witnesses the actions—whether good or bad, of the people he meets, and their motives that were never forgotten, as displayed in the novel. Since the Holocaust was an extreme event that caused pressure to make the right decisions, and suffer by the hands of the Nazis, or to act with neglect to the victims and be ridden with guilt, it can be said many Holocaust victims suffered, and some of the bystanders noticed and took action. One such
Wiesel’s speech shows how he worked to keep the memory of those people alive because he knows that people will continue to be guilty, to be accomplices if they forget. Furthermore, Wiesel knows that keeping the memory of those poor, innocent will avoid the repetition of the atrocity done in the future. The stories and experiences of Wiesel allowed for people to see the true horrors of what occurs when people who keep silence become “accomplices” of those who inflict pain towards humans. To conclude, Wiesel chose to use parallelism in his speech to emphasize the fault people had for keeping silence and allowing the torture of innocent
“Every encounter filled us with joy—yes, joy…” (Wiesel, 35) Eliezer had already adapted to his situation, using the word joy to describe the meeting. “In the afternoon, we cheerfully went to clear the ruins.” (Wiesel, 61) The above quote is a perfect example of how Eliezer continually adjusts his meaning of ‘happiness’ and takes nothing for granted. “But we no longer feared death, in any event not this particular death. Every bomb that hit filled us with joy, gave us renewed confidence.” (Wiesel, 60) In reality, freedom is still far away. Eliezer and the other inmates believe freedom is close; a loss of innocence would have meant a loss of hope.
Elie Wiesel, a Holocaust survivor and Nobel Laureate, gave a motivational speech on April 12th, 1999, in Washington D.C., as part of the Millennium Lecture series hosted by President Clinton and First Lady Hillary Clinton. Wiesel was invited because of how his experience was similar to the very recent events of Serbian genocide of ethnic Muslims in the region. Attending his speech were both government officials, and the American public. With the traditional use of rhetoric devices, such as ethos, pathos and logos, Wiesel attempted to persuade the audience not to be indifferent to events around them. Wiesel, himself a Holocaust survivor, is validated in his interpretation of indifference “no difference.” He shares personal experiences from his past, “A young Jewish boy from…Carpathian Mountains woke up…eternal infamy called Buchenwald.” Who better to relay a message of caring and getting involved, than someone who maintained his character and used his experiences to educate others through his writings and speeches.
He has written many books and given many speeches about his experience, but they all convey a similar message, that we as a population, cannot remain silent but to stand up for the indifferences and the horrendous events of this world. He is very well known for his memoir “Night” and his speech “Perils of Indifference.” The message is much more prominent in his book “Night” rather than his speech. Real life examples are provided, it is more understandable, and it leaves you with something to think about. The length, connections, and abundant amount of description helps promote the message as well as the book tells us why we can never let such indifference as the Holocaust happen again. In the book, Elie Wiesel describes many of the real events that he experienced.
Young Wiesel didn't know any better that those American soldiers had the opportunity to help him earlier but did not. As he grew older he realized the harsh truth that those Americans could have helped but they chose not to because their attitude was indifferent towards the whole thing. Before he found out the truth however, Wiesel was an innocent little boy who
This war for Liesel is so suffocating that she carries a weight of a thousand men on her shoulders until she connects with the people on Himmel Street. For example, she falls in love with the Hubermann, Rudy Steiner, and of course Ilsa Hermann, yet, she is only able to connect with