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.
Eliezer was only a teenager when taken by German soldiers. On his first night at Birkenau, he realizes that his childhood innocence has died. Each day Elie’s innocence died more and more, “Many prisoners’ minds are numbed to the horror. Eliezer witnesses a son kill his
I had not seen myself since the ghetto. From the depths of the mirror, a corpse was contemplating me. The look in his eyes as he gazed at me has never left me.” (Wiesel 115). In the final lines of Elie Wiesel’s Night, the author reflects on the effects the holocaust has had on him. Elie Wiesel referred his body to a corpse because even though he is alive and survived the holocaust physically, he is essentially dead, his soul and innocence being killed off by the suffering and the dehumanization he long endured in these camps.
The Holocaust is considered one of the world’s most explicit examples of inhumanity. The German Nazi regime and their collaborators organized and executed the systematic extermination of millions of Jews, homosexuals, and gypsies. The few that survived set forth on a quest to reconstruct their lives, but were often hindered by the trauma they sustained. Simon Wiesenthal, a Holocaust survivor, struggled with his emotions from the war and sought solace by writing about his experiences as well as founding an organization responsible for catching Nazi war criminals. One of his most famous works, The Sunflower, recounts his interaction with a Nazi soldier lying on his deathbed.
Historians have been debating how the spirit triumphed during the Holocaust for years. The spirit triumphed through the Holocaust through many, many distractions, nature, and the support and love of family and friends. The Nazis had killed, and enslaved so many Jewish people in concentration camps. But, the Nazis couldn’t take their spirit from them. Even though the Holocaust had so many deaths, there were also so much love, and so many good people.
For almost 80 years, historians and Jewish survivors have authored and published their firsthand accounts of the pain they were forced to endure. One such piece of literature is Elie Wiesel’s Night, a memoir illustrating his own experiences in German concentration camps, where every day was dominated by the impulse to stay alive. As Wiesel demonstrated repeatedly in his novel, during the Holocaust, self-preservation forced millions of victims to abandon family members and friends; commit desperate, sometimes suicidal, acts; and blinded many victims to the reality of their situations throughout the genocide. One of the most psychologically destructive aspects of the Holocaust was the forced isolation and selective targeting of Jewish victims, many of whom were killed or separated from one another. However,
During the Holocaust Jews were put through horrific things you can’t even imagine would happen to another human being. Jews lives were completely changed, they had gone from happy with their family to families torn apart within a few days. The prisoners wondered how long they were going to live. They had never known what day was going to be their last. The Holocaust is a very significant event in history because of how horrible Jews lived their lives back then and where they lived their lives during that period of time.
The allies are quickly approaching and it seems like the Germans will fulfil their task to kill all of the Jews. The SS start to move everyone out of the camp by the thousands because after all of the prisoners have been removed the camp will be blown up. But Eliezer has luck on his side along with a few others a underground resistance movement takes control of the camp Eating is the first thing all of the men do when freed Eliezer during this gets food poisoning. He spends a couple weeks in the hospital teetering between life or death when he has recovered he takes a glance into the mirror and sees a corpse. This vision of himself will continue to haunt him for the rest of his
In a letter found in one of the camps from an unknown person wrote “...Why can we not cry, why can we not defend ourselves? How can one see so much innocent blood flow and say nothing, do nothing and await the same death oneself? We are compelled to go under so miserably, so pitilessly…” (Unknown). This victim of the Holocaust is pointing out on how someone can see innocent people’s blood be shed. I do not even know the answer and it is almost 72 years later.
“‘I have terrible news,’ he said at last. ‘Deportation.’ The ghetto was to be completely wiped out. We were to leave street by street the following day” (Wiesel 11). Throughout the vast novel, Night,by Elie Wiesel, the protagonist Elie had gone through agonizing experiences, for the duration of the gruesome and unspeakable genocide. He later wrote this book ten years following these tragic experiences.