Faith In Alfons Ayer's Parallel Journey

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Faith is having absolute loyalty and trust towards a tremendous power in their growth. In the biography Parallel Journeys by Eleanor Ayer, Alfons Heck is a strong supporter of Hitler, but his relationship decreased. The memoir Night by Elie Wiesel, a Jewish holocaust survivor, has a wavering relationship with God that also decreases as time continues. Both Heck and Wiesel are devoted to their God’s at first; however, Wiesel is confused with his faith, while Heck continues to follow Hitler. In the end, each boy feels betrayed by their leaders. Heck is a member of the Hitler Youth and an extreme supporter of Hitler. He participates daily in Hitler Youth activities. Heck’s shows his dedication to Hitler when he states, “At last we laid eyes on the man who had put us into this wild fever of excitement. He was standing in an open black Mercedes touring car. It was the first time I had ever seen Adolf Hitler, and will never forget the magic of that night” (Ayer 9). Heck explains how the …show more content…

He’s noticing the evils of Hitler. He shows this towards the ending of the book: “In my mind, this makes Adolf Hitler as evil as any man who kills his own children. This gross misuse of our loyalty to our country and love for our Fuehrer is, to me, just as much as a criminal act as the murder of 6 million Jews” (Ayer 224-225). Heck is now one of the non-supporters on Hitler and has a strong hatred towards him. He knows that Hitler purposely brainwashed innocent children who have a great love for their country. He talks about how Hitler uses the youth to support him, knowing that they would do anything for the country they had grown in. Heck knows that most of the people who once supported Hitler’s teachings, now regret it and wish they were not used in such a cruel way. Hitler is now the most hated man in the world and everyone now knows that. Heck and Wiesel will now have very similar relationships with their

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