As a result of living in a concentration camp and the horrible experiences he lived through, it is evident that Wiesel begins to lose the faith that was once so important to him. Although Wiesel himself argues that he did not lose his faith, many would argue that the events that took place during the Holocaust caused Wiesel to resent God and lose his faith that was once so important to him. Growing up, Elie Wiesel’s faith
Inhumanity and Cruelty in Night Adolf Hitler, the Nazi dictator of Germany, conducted a genocide known as the Holocaust during World War II that was intended to exterminate the Jewish population. The Holocaust was responsible for the death of about 6 million Jews. Night is a nonfiction novel written by Eliezer Wiesel about his experience during the Holocaust. Many events in the novel convey a theme of “man’s inhumanity to man”. The prisoners of the concentration camps are constantly tortured and neglected by the German officers who run the camps.
Adversity is a condition marked by misfortune; however, every person has at one point experienced difficulty whether benign or extremely severe. A true story, 'Night ' was published in 1960 is a literature work by Elie Wiesel focusing on his encounter with his father between 1944 and 1945. However, the setting occurred at the Nazi German concentration camps situated at Auschwitz and Buchenwald towards the culmination of the Second World War at the height of the Holocaust. Elie convinced that he lived an ordinary life until the German troops within his residence separated him from part of his family. 'Night, ' illustrates endurance and struggles faced by Elie at an early age such as loss of self-identity, self-belonging, loss of innocence, and the gap left in the soul.
This self-abashment provides proof of all his other needs disappearing, the desire for safety, affection, self-esteem, meaning. This results in the collapse of Mazlow’s hierarchy and in turn, Wiesel’s humanity. He becomes an animal but his transgressors somehow remain human. As a result of the devastation, Wiesel has to deal with long-upheld views succumbing. He instantaneously curses his God upon entering the camp (citation.)
The story of Job -- the just man who, without any fault of his own, is tried by innumerable sufferings -- is well known. He loses his possessions, his sons and daughters, and finally he himself is afflicted by a grave sickness. Three old acquaintances come to his house. Each one tries to convince him that because he has been struck down by such varied and terrible sufferings he must have done something seriously wrong. In their eyes, suffering can have a meaning only as a punishment for sin.
Creon finally realizes that his hubris has not let him effectively deal with his conflicts. Creon has his epiphany and even says, “I have been rash and foolish.” He finally acknowledges that he has let his pride take over for the worse. Creon also realizes that it was his fault Haemon dies. He would not listen to Haemon and take his advice. Creon almost seemed like he wanted Haimon to be angry so he put Antigone in the vault.
In response, Boyd comments, “It is rather the coming of an awareness of darkness, of the evil in man’s heart that was present in the children all along” (Boyd 27). His elaboration explains how the beast was not only in Ralph but in all of the young boys. Boyd also mentions Ralph’s self-awareness and how he did come back to himself at the end of the book. Ralph’s innocence has vanished and he is beginning to regret the decisions
One day when he is working in a hospital, Simon is asked to forgive a dying Nazi soldier, Karl. He is faced with a dilemma that everyone has to encounter at some point in their life, but this is different than forgiving a family member for lying to you. Simon has to decide right then whether or not to forgive a murderer of many innocent Jews. Simon Wiesenthal wrote this book because he wanted to reach out and find closure for his actions. He also wanted to tell the reader about his life as a Jew in a concentration camp and the horrors he faced.
These survivors who experienced this event, have been scarred for the rest of their life. We can listen to their stories but we can’t imagine and experienced what they have gone through. For example, Szymon Binke, Hilma Geffen, and Baker Ella, were the survivors of the Holocaust. Szymon Binke was born in 1931 in Poland, his family moved to the city after the Nazi’s invasion. Nazis deported his family to Auschwitz where his mother and sister were gassed, while, Szymon was placed in Kinder block but after sometime he ran away to meet his family in Auschwitz.
He describes “the white man” of not knowing him, and not knowing the conditions he had to face. He says his story is intended to “show him with words a world he would otherwise not see because of a sign and a conscience racked with guilt and to make him feel what I felt when he contemptuously called me ‘Kaffir Boy.’” (Mathabane, 3). The conditions he had to live with for eighteen years are described as cruel and disturbing. These cruel and disturbing conditions made life unbearable, so unbearable that Mark questioned if a life so rough was worth living. He tried to commit suicide because he is so miserable and he wonders if it is worth it.
If those facts are not enough to support the horrible killings upon the Jewish community and other minority groups, there are the stories of individuals that survived the unspeakable ordeal. Their stories match up with the confessions of Nazi soldiers. Reinhold Hanning, now 94 years old, was an Auschwitz guard and apologized in a trial in Germany for participating on the mass killings at the concentration camps. He said, “No one in my family knew that I was active at Auschwitz” (qtd. in Oltermann).
However, the key idea that is being displayed is the dehumanization that was shown. As his father was experiencing excruciating pain, Elie did nothing but watch, perhaps showing a little bit of anger towards his father for being in the way. Dehumanization is not an easy topic to discuss, but it happens
During 1944, Elie Wiesel was forced from his home to undertake a great trial, known by many as the Holocaust. After the grueling meat grinder, known by some as the Shoah, he had survived, and was able to write his experiences years after the event. In short, Wiesel wrote Night to remind people of the horrors and conditions he had experienced within the concentration camps. Years after the Holocaust occurs, Wiesel shows the harsh treatment on him and his peers, enforced by the Schutzstaffel, such as working with great starvation and tiredness. The writing reveals the feelings of oppressed; starved; weakening men under the rule of fascist Nazis.