Heroic Processes In Elie Wiesel's Night

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Night by Elie Wiesel describes how Jews were treated in the concentration camps during World War II. During this time Wiesel witnessed many horrific acts. Two of these were executions. Though the processes of the executions were similar, the condemned and Jews’ reactions to the executions were different. For the first execution, he was accused of stealing during an alert. When he was put up on the gallows, no one seemed to care. It had been so normal that people were being killed daily that they grew accustom to it. Elie Wielsel on the other hand still had some difficulties with it. He had gotten used to the thousands dying in the crematories, but this one still “overwhelmed him”(Wiesel 59), as he put it. The Kapo wanted to bandage his eyes, but the man refused. After a period of waiting, the executioner put the noose around the man’s neck. Before they pulled the chair from his feet, in a calm, strong voice he cried: “Long live Liberty! A curse upon Germany! A curse…! A cur¬-“. (Wiesel 60). The executioner had finished his job. Wiesel said, “I remember the soup tasting excellent that…show more content…
All they knew was that three gallows were being prepared in the assembly place. Then began the Roll call. SS soldiers were everywhere, and machine guns at the ready, just an average traditional ceremony. The three condemned were walking towards the gallows, but one thing was different. One of them was a small young boy. As the head of the camp read the verdict, everyone was only looking at the child. The previous execution was nothing compared to this one. “To hang a child in front of thousands of spectators was no light matter.”(Wiesel 61). As Wiesel put it. The boy seemed almost calm as the gallows threw a shadow over him. The Lagerkapo denied having the responsibility as executioner and three SS replaced him. “Long live liberty!”(Wiesel 61). cried the adults but the child stood there in
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