Elie Wiesel's Night Analysis

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“How does one mourn for six million people who died? How many candles does one light? How many prayers does one recite? Do we know how to remember the victims, their solitude, their helplessness? They left us without a trace, and now we are their trace” -Elie Wiesel. Wiesel succeeds in demonstrating that the Holocaust and the period of time which surrounded it “would be judged one day.” He composes his experiences into a heart rending memoir: from Night; believing that he needed to be the “bear witness.”

The word “night” means the period of darkness in each twenty-four hours. The use of the metaphor night marks the end of most people’s normal lives.During 1933 all Jews, homosexuals, and Roma (Gypsies) were sent to concentration camps. A concentration camp is a place where large numbers of people are deliberately imprisoned in a relatively small area with inadequate facilities, sometimes to provide forced labor or to await mass execution. Consequently, Night also represents the descending darkness of a complete absence of humanity and compassion. The Nazis’ believed that Germans were “racially superior” and that the Jews, deemed “inferior,” were an alien threat to the so-called German racial community. Therefore, Adolf Hitler created the Holocaust, the most dreadful, horrific event to ever occur throughout history. There was then a moment in Wiesel's memoir where Wiesel realizes the importance of questioning God. He begins to question God, which he later deems a religious act in and of itself, at night. His realization came at dawn though through
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Elie Wiesel succeeded in demonstrating the horrors of the Holocaust and the period of time which “would be judged one day.” He exceeded in being the “bear witness” to the Holocaust and he did not remain
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