Elie Wiesel's The Night

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The Night is a story about war. A war that is way too different from the war that happened in different countries around the world. The challenge to the warrior and the sufferings of the noncombat. A terse, merciless testimonial, the book serves as a harsh reflection on war. The work serves as an example of a devastating effect of evil on innocence. The Holocaust served as an event that has disrupted both human history and the life story of God. Night is one of only a few books that gives us the understanding about the Holocaust. The Holocaust’s significance is for the human understanding of man’s relationship to God. However. Night is not an example of the death of God theology. Wiesel claimed that the covenant was broken so he talked to God…show more content…
The Jews in the town were forced into a small ghettos in Sighet. Next, they are herded into cattle cars. After days and nights of cramming inside the car, exhaustion and starvation, they arrived in Birkenau. When they arrived in Birkenau, Elie and his father were separated from his mother and sisters. The Jews are evaluated whether they should be killed immediately or put to work. Eliezer and his father passed the evaluation. They are brought to the prisoner’s barracks. The Jewish arrivals is treated with cruelty. The captors march them from Birkenau to the main camp, Auschwitz. They arrive in Buna, a work camp, where Elie is put to work in an electrical-fittings factory. Under slave-labor conditions, severely malnourished and decimated by the frequent selections, the Jews take solace in caring for each other, in religion, and in Zionism, a movement favoring the establishment of a Jewish state in Palestine, considered the holy land. The prisoners are forced to watch the hanging of fellow prisoners in the camp courtyard. They even hang small child. Because of the horrific conditions in the camps, many of the prisoners begin to slide into cruelty, concerned only with personal survival. Sons begin to abandon and abuse their fathers. Elie himself begins to lose his humanity and his faith in God and in the
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