The most obvious is how religion is used against the characters. In Night, Elie was sentenced to live in the cruelty of a concentration camp because of his faith. Everyone of the Jewish faith was persecuted simply for believing in their god, which had been deemed by one man as inferior. Conversely, in Inherit the Wind, Cates was being prosecuted because he was going against his faith. He was going against the Word of God, which was deemed by the entire town as a crime that would not be tolerated.
Unsafe and unhealthy conditions for anyone to live in but they were forced there against will. The concentration camps are something people are always going to remember in the future. During the Holocaust there were three main camps, Auschwitz I, Auschwitz II Birkenau, and Auschwitz III Monowitz. These camps were very complex. Included in these camps were, labor camps, extermination camps and a concentration camp.
Throughout history, there have been many examples where groups of people have been denied their human rights. Individuals, groups, and governments have attempted to end many of these human rights violations although they have not always been successful. One event from history that can immediately be dissected from many other events that stripped humans of their basic rights is the deadly and horrible Holocaust which mainly took place in Germany during World War II and discriminated against the Jewish population. The German dictator at the time of WW2, Adolf Hitler, hated Jews and believed they were the reason for all the bad things happening to Germany such as the bad economy and the loss in WW1. The circumstances that led up to the Holocaust was the Treaty of Versailles after the Germans lost in WW1.
Jewish people were victim of the abuse that they received from the "Superior" Aryan race, they were sent towards concentration camp and were treated harshly and killed in cold blood, simply because of their religion, this was called the holocaust. Only a small amount of Jews survived the holocaust, a lot of stories from Jews who had suffered through the horror of concentration camp had surfaced and revealed the horror that they experienced, one of this Jews that spoke up is Joseph Sher.
In Night, Eliezer "Elie" Wiesel's shares his experience as a 15 year old boy. It is a memoir of extraordinary power: his humanity shines through every page as he stands a witness to the tragedy which befell the Jewish race at the hands of the Nazis. He calls himself a "messenger of the dead among the living" through his literary witness. The concentration camp there shocks everyone with its cruelty and coldness to life. In Auschwitz where thousands of Jews were slaughtered daily is the witness to the emptiness that remains when man abandons all morality.
He employs kinesthetic and organic images in “swollen legs, moving with fear” (5). He is trying to depict the feelings of the Jews in the ghetto before the raid. They were always afraid of being captured. Their life was controlled by other people and this is one of the reasons why they now suffer from complex trauma. Furthermore, he uses an auditory image in “The shouts of the Raiders, enjoying the hunt” (8).
It also states, “I too had become a different person. The student of Talmud, the child I was, had been consumed by the flames”(Wiesel 39). These quote show the influence of the human interactions in the concentration camp. The interactions between humans in the camp shaped Elie Wiesel’s point of view towards the God and his dream because of the destitute situation of the concentration camp and the interactions with cruel SS guards and other prisoners. The extreme human interactions in the camp also changed
Compare the tragedy for the characters in both "The Last Night" and "Refugee Blues." Comparing the tragedy in the main characters and their fear of death in both "the Last Night" and "Refugee Blues" both of these extracts are about believing in something which the Nazis don 't believe in and, because of this being chased around and being punished for it. The lament "Refugee Blues" was written by W.H. Auden, in this lament she talked about how a Jew and his wife had to try and survive the abuses. It tells us how all Jews were forced to run away from home and then abused by the Nazis during the Holocaust.
Elie also saw more horrific things done to others by Nazis that he had questioned the kindness in all people. Jeanne witnessed more of social injustice and was just extremely disappointed in her country, but she really did not see anything that would lead her to believe that all people have a monster inside them. Between the experiences of both Elie and Jeanne, it seems that Elie had lost the most belief in humanity, because of the great amount of oppression that he faced from the Axis powers in Germany. “Suddenly the evidence overwhelmed me: there was no longer any reason to live, any reason to fight”(Elie Weisel 99). Elie lost so much hope in humanity that he felt like there was no longer any purpose to live in his abusive life.
Imagine believing so strongly in something and then being let down, or thinking that you were wrong even to believe. In Night by Elie Wiesel, Elie felt as though he had lost his religion and belief in God. We learned how strong his beliefs were when he says,“I believed profoundly. During the day I studied the Talmud, and at night I ran to the synagogue to weep of the destruction of the Temple,” (Wiesel, 14). But then he experiences the hardships of the Holocaust and it abruptly changed him.