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Loss Of Faith In Elie Wiesel's Night

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The Holocaust was an period of time where Nazi Germany committed an act of genocide against Jewish people. During the Holocaust Jews from Germany, Poland, and other countries in Europe were deported to concentration camps throughout Germany where they received brutality, dehumanization, and loss of faith everyday. Night, by Elie Wiesel is a record that recounts the atrocities he experienced during the Holocaust. The book describes the harsh conditions of the concentration camps, including the brutal treatment of prisoners and the horrific acts of violence committed by the anti semitic SS officers. Through his personal experiences, Wiesel highlights the devastating impact of systematic oppression and dehumanization, ultimately leading to a profound loss of faith in humanity. The loss of faith is perhaps the most poignant theme in Night. Elie’s faith in God, as well as other prisoners’, is severely tested during his time in the concentration camps. He witnessed so much suffering and death that he questions how a loving god could allow such atrocities to occur. He becomes discouraged about his religion and later loses faith all together. “He just kept repeating that it was all over …show more content…

The book is filled with accounts of beatings, torture, and murder. They were forced to work long hours under inhuman conditions and given very little food “the construction one, where twelve hours a day I hauled heavy slabs of stone” (70). They were often subjected to abuse from the SS officers, physically and emotionally, who enjoyed seeing them suffer. The guards gave awful punishments like whipping “I no longer felt anything except the lashes of the whip.” (65) and even hanging ”Then the entire camp, block after block, filed past the hanged boy” (71). These brutal scenes demonstrate the extent to which the Nazis were willing to go to dehumanize and terrorize their

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