During the time Elie was there with his father, he began to lose his faith in god, his family, and humanity through all of the experiences he had to go through while being in the Nazi concentration camp. Eliezer begins to lose faith in god. He starts to struggle a lot, physically and mentally, and he feels like god is punishing him. Elie tried very hard to help his father and also himself and he even asked god to take him out of his misery. He becomes very confused because he doesn’t understand why god would let such a thing happen and why the Germans are wanting to kill all of the jews.
Notably, when Elie thinks, “Why, but why would I bless Him? Every fiber in me rebelled. Because He caused thousands of children to burn in His mass graves? Because He kept six crematoria working day and night, including Sabbath and the Holy Days? […] Praised be Thy Holy Name, for having chosen us to be slaughtered on Thine altar?” (67).
During his internment at Auschwitz and Buchenwald Elie completely loses his innocence. As a result of the adversity Elie faces throughout his time at the Auschwitz camp, his identity is tarnished and eventually reformed. The adversities at Auschwitz and Buchenwald caused Elie to lose faith in God. Before being transported into Auschwitz, Elie was a boy who deeply believed in God and had absolute faith in God. Elie 's first seeds of doubt in God came when he was transported into the camp and separated from his mother and sister.
He was a well known person in Elie’s community who had almost been captured by the Nazi’s, but luckily escaped. Moshe’s love for God changes and “[he] struggles desperately to believe that God is perpetually at work, even during the massacre of which he was nearly a victim” (Nurick, “Identity” paragraph 1). Moshe was once a man with a strong faith in God, but after seeing many awful things happen such as, people being killed and tortured and babies getting thrown in the air to be used as targets, he struggles to believe in God. He often pondered whether God was real, and if he was, why would he let such awful things happen to innocent people? It didn’t make sense.
“For the first time, I felt anger rising within me. Why should I sanctify His name? The Almighty, the eternal and terrible Master of the Universe, chose to be silent. What was there to thank Him for?” (Wiesel, 33) “The student of Talmud, the child I was, had been consumed by the flames.” (Wiesel, 37) Struggle for identity is seen here as Eliezer loses the faith he once studied and worshipped. “Never shall I forget that night, the first night in camp, that turned my life into one long night seven times sealed.” (Wiesel, 34) This was the turning point for Eliezer in many ways.
Elie started to act very different during and after the holocaust because he saw many things that would traumatized even the toughest of people. He's had to do things that were very messed things that the old him, before the holocaust, would never do. One of the most messed he had to do was watch small children being thrown into a fire and he had to listen to there plaintive din’s. Another thing that happened is he had to watch an emaciated kid be hung from the gallows. Something that not only him but everyone else had to do was he had to live in the ghettos.
To begin with, when Elie and his father were in the line to the crematorium, he saw babies being into the pit of fire,” A truck drew in close and unloaded it’s hold: small children. Babies! Yes, I did see this with my own eyes.. Children thrown into the flames”( Wiesel 32). Elie could not believe what he was seeing even though he saw it with his own eyes. The Nazis killed millions of innocent children only because they were Jews.
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.
With physical proof, he divulged the real intentions of the Nazis which made him an outcast in the community, “[Moishe] went from one Jewish house to the next, telling his story and that of Malka, the young girl who lay dying for three days…” (7); since Moishe would not relent in spreading the truth of the horrors to come, people were made aware of the unfair treatment Hitler was encouraging. Even though he spoke words that opposed the beliefs of others, he relayed the truth about the oppression the Jews were to face, saying, “Jews, listen to me!”(7) when no one would acknowledge him. Having the courage to speak out against the persecution of the Nazis shows the valor of Moishe’s personality, furthermore, the idea that injustice should be vocalized is shown through Moishe’s
Elie lost track of time and woke up and reflected on how the camp changed him. Elie says to himself, “My soul had been invaded- and devoured- by a black flame” (Wiesel 37). In this excerpt, Elie doesn’t think he is innocent anymore. He feels that the things that he had seen had changed him and made him lose faith. He realized that he is no longer religious to Judaism.