Elie Wiesel, author and victim of the Holocaust wrote the novel Night which portrays his experiences in the Holocaust. During the Holocaust the Nazis dehumanized many groups of people, but primarily the Jewish people. Elie writes about his personal journey through the Holocaust, and how he narrowly escaped death. In Elie’s novel he also provides detailed descriptions of what the victims of the Holocaust had to suffer through, and the different ways the Nazis made them feel like nothing more than animals that are meant to be used for work and slaughtered. One of the first things that Elie and the other Jewish people from his village have to suffer through is riding in a cramped cattle car, as if they were animals.
The works, Night, by Elie Wiesel, Life in a Nazi Concentration Camp, by Don Nardo, and "Auschwitz Concentration Camp", by Franciszek Piper, describe the conditions of these camps from multiple survivors ' viewpoints. Survival for Jews in Nazi Concentration Camps was seemingly impossible because prisoners experienced hard labor, violence, and starvation on a daily basis. In the book, Life in a Nazi Concentration Camp, author Don Nardo, used diaries, letters, and other forms of personal writings from those who lived through WWII and the Holocaust. These artifacts, depict different experiences in many different Nazi concentration camps and how these camps impacted prisoners ' lives. The main themes of this book were survival and inhumanity.
In the memoir Night, the narrator Elie Wiesel recounts a moment when the ss officers were transporting all the prisoners from buna to another camp and whenever somebody couldn’t keep running the ss officers shoot them. “They had orders to shoot anyone who couldn’t sustain the peace”(Wiesel 85). The ss officers cruelty to the prisoners led them to give up, they stopped trying. If someone stopped and the officers didn’t noticed, he would probably die under the feet of all the people behind them. As the author describes his experiences, many other examples of inhumanity are revealed.
Anyone who ever lived in a concentration camp knew that they could have died any day. They knew that they no longer had control over their lives. Living in a place like that changed people drastically. In Night, Elie Wiesel uses characterization, imagery, and symbolism to show how awful his time in the concentration camps was and how it contributed to his loss of faith. Wiesel uses characterization of himself when he was a young boy and when he was a teenager in the concentration camps by explaining how much he loved his religion and how much more he wanted to learn about it and then by explaining how it regressed the longer he was in the concentration camps.
Also, there was always the imminent fear of death. An SS officer could shoot any inmate without reason. Death was the norm in the concentration camp. Many people starved, died of illnesses, or were murdered by the Nazis. They didn't know if they would live to see the next
He also noticed that they were drained of all energy, they were worked to the ground. They hadn’t even noticed the new “workers” coming into the death factory. Towards the end of the novel Wiesel was explaining how they were moving from Auschwitz to another camp, and one of the SS officers had said “Faster, you tramps, you flea-ridden dogs!” The SS was saying this as if they hadn’t already had worked their life and human power away. When they were in the midst of running from Auschwitz, the SS were ordered to shoot anyone who couldn’t keep up with the others. One by one boys had lost their fathers and fathers losing their
The Nazi's started capturing Jewish people and others to take them to Death camps. At these camps the captured would sometimes sit up to two days, they didn’t want to keep them alive for long. The Germans were always coming up with new ideas to do a mass slaughtering quickly. An idea they came up with was the gas chambers. Many of the Jewish watched as friends and family were walked to the chambers, "people who were ill or crippled, old, and pregnant women, as well as children"(Gottfried 47) feared more because they knew they would be first.
The march starts two days after Elie’s operation. This is one of the major conflicts of the memoir because it seems to be a “do or die” situation for Elie and his father to remain together. The Nazis push the prisoners to their limits on the march. Many die, others make it to Gleiwitz only to die of suffocation or freezing. The soldiers are unemotional and herd the prisoners like cattle upon arrival,so many prisoners do not even make it to bunks, falling on the ground in
A significant portion of the book is devoted to Shins distant, antagonistic relationship with his family. “When he was in the in the camp-depending upon her all his meals, stealing her food, enduring her beatings- he saw her as competition for survival.” At this time a family was alien to him, as a result didn’t care to share with the guard of his mothers and brothers plan to escape. Also informing on fellow prisoners was encouraged within camp and brought with it the prospect of better treatment and rewards. The principle of guilt by association meant that his family members were punished on another's behalf, and she knew that his mother and brother were putting him at risk. His conquest fear and anger motivated his betrayal and culminated in a stark scene in which he witnessed his mother and brother being executed.
He played that which he would never play again” (Wiesel 95). While Nazi order had forbidden Jews from playing Beethoven, as it was German music, Juliek plays it anyway. He sets his own boundaries with the music he plays and does not follow the ruling of others. By putting him in the concentration camp, the Nazis take his freedoms away, and knowing that his life would soon come to an end, Juliek fulfills his life’s purpose through his one standing passion: music. Juliek would not let his life end incomplete, as many Jews in Auschwitz did, so he lives out his losses on his violin.