Analysis Of Elie Wiesel's Speech Perils Of Indifference

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The Holocaust was a terrible time in the world’s history. Not many Jewish people made it out of the Holocaust alive, but Elie Wiesel not only made it through the dark years, but he also wrote a book and delivered a speech. Both of these things were meant to tell the world about the horrors that happened in the concentration camps and raise awareness about the Holocaust. The book Night tells us what Elie’s journey throughout 1943-1945 (the time of the Holocaust) was like with Nazis controlling the Jews. In the speech Perils of Indifference, Elie explains why it is dangerous to not have an opinion on certain topics. He says that indifference is how the Holocaust got so bad, with other countries not taking a stance and fighting the …show more content…

In the book, Elie Wiesel gives us more detail about what is happening in the journey through the Holocaust. He could give us more detail about the torture they have to go through. When the group arrived at the first camp, they saw the crematoria where they burned dead people, and which was where they were headed. “He was weeping. His body was shaking. Everybody around us was weeping. Someone began to recite Kaddish, the prayer for the dead” (33). In the book Elie could explain more about the prisoners’ journey to the crematorium. He wouldn’t be able to do this in the speech but in the book, he could explain things in great depth which gives more information on the Holocaust and the message Elie wants to send. Another reason why Night does a better job sending the message from Elie Wiesel is because it was written closer to when the Holocaust happened. Although the memories will stick with Elie Wiesel forever, they will be most fresh closer to the Holocaust. The emotions he had would come out better in his writing in 1957, rather than in 1999, which was when Perils of Indifference was delivered. Night is better at getting Elie Wiesel’s message across than Perils of Indifference because he can include more detail and was written closer to the actual

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