The heart wrenching and powerful memoir “Night” by Elie Wiesel depicts Elie’s struggle through the holocaust. It shows the challenges and struggles Elie and people like him faced during this mournful time, the dehumanization; being forced out of their homes, their towns and sent to nazi concentration camps, being stripped of their belongings and valuables, being forced to endure and witness the horrific events during one of history’s most ghastly tales. In “Night” Elie does not only endure a physical journey but also a spiritual journey as well, this makes him question his determination, faith and strength. This spiritual journey is a journey of self discovery and is shown through Elie’s struggle with himself and his beliefs, his father
People should always remember the devastating event when six million Jews were killed in Nazi Germany. This event was The Holocaust, and it occurred from 1933-1945. The Nazis captured Jews and kept them in concentration camps, then killed them, and burned them. Homosexuals, gypsies, and people with disabilities were also killed as well. The killings and oppression of the “inferior” people was tragic, and most people find it unspeakable to talk of or write about.
Long Hours of Darkness “Never shall I forget that night, the first night in camp, which has turned my life into one long night, seven times cursed and seven times sealed.... Never shall I forget that nocturnal silence which deprived me, for all eternity, of the desire to live” (32). Never shall we forget the atrocious events that happened to upwards of six million Jews during the Holocaust. The Holocaust was a genocide run by Adolf Hitler to exterminate nearly a whole population of Jews and very few prisoners lived to tell their treacherous stories.
More than three million Jews were killed in concentration camps during World War Two. The concentration camps were extremely brutal and people who experienced them were treated like animals. When Jewish people were thrown into concentration camps, not only had they been stripped of their basic rights, but they had been stripped of their lives as well. Everyday they would witness fellow jews dying or being killed. Anyone who ever lived in a concentration camp knew that they could have died any day.
In the book Night, by Elie Wiesel, he tells of his life and experiences throughout the Holocaust. As a young boy he was taken from his home, separated from his mom and sister, and thrown into a concentration camp with his father. Once he and his father arrived at the concentration camp, Auschwitz, many children and elderly were sent straight toward a crematory, and immediately executed. Their heads were shaved, and tattoos were inscribed on their arms. Forced to live in horrible conditions with hardly any food, Eliezer ceased to pray, and began to believe God had no sense of justice.
The Holocaust was a horrific, terrifying experience for people of the jewish religion where over 5 million innocent people were killed. Elie Wiesel lived through tough times and watched his family get separated from him. He watches innocent people get killed and tortured. In the memoir Night by Elie Wiesel he uses dark imagery to create a sad and helpless tone to connect the reader with the pain he went through in the holocaust to ensure history doesn 't repeat itself.
The theme of dehumanization is scattered throughout the traumatic and horrific events that the Jews endured while prisoners in Auschwitz. The novel, Night, was written by Elie Wiesel in the mid 1950’s. Night describes the concentration camps where the tyrant Nazis oppressed the Jewish citizens. Night was written in first person and recounted the horrid details and conditions as a prisoner in the concentrations camps. Wiesel began writing after a 10-year self-imposed vow of silence about the tragic Holocaust.
In the book Night by Ellie Wiesel, Wiesel talks about his terrifying experiences at Auschwitz. Ellie Wiesel was put through unimaginable pain during the Holocaust; he was starved, beaten, and forced to watch thousands of others perish. The Holocaust changed the way Wiesel viewed life and humanity. Jews were treated like worthless creatures. They lost their names and became a number, they were starved, over-worked, lived in terrible conditions, operated on, beaten, and driven to insanity.
To illustrate, a change of identity occurs, “If only [Eliezer] were relieved of this responsibility… Instantly, [he] felt ashamed, ashamed of [himself] forever,” when he almost tried to leave his father alone (106). Elie faces a permanent change of identity when he strays away from his old educated habits and becomes a selfish creature when going through pain. Another example of a change of identity within Elie is when his father dies, “And deep inside [him], if [he] could have searched the recesses of [his] feeble conscience, [he] might have found something like: Free at Last!” expressing that his father’s death finally freed him, out of the misery, out of the agony (112). Eliezer’s journey with his father through the excruciating concentration camps developed him from an innocent teenager to a mature man with the capabilities to succeed in unbearable situations.
Six million Jews were killed during the Holocaust. The Jews were persecuted, tortured and slaughtered in concentration camps. Night by Eliezer Wiesel illustrates his struggles as he is faced with silences in its most profound and tragic form. This stunning memoir provides a conceptual overview of four types of silence Eliezer experiences throughout his journey. These specific types of silence include; from the world, within Eliezer himself, the Jewish people and from God.
The Holocaust will always be one of the most horrific memories that will never be suppressed. The Holocaust was when millions of Jews were thrown into concentration camps and tortured until their death. Families were being split up, not knowing they would never see each other again. It was so tragic, that the Jews eventually did not mind the deceased bodies lying beside them on the ground. Six million Jews were killed in the Holocaust.
"If only I could get rid of this dead weight ... Immediately I felt ashamed of myself, ashamed forever. " In Night everything is reversed, every value destroyed. " Here there are no fathers, no brothers, no friends," a kapo tells him.
He was put into labor camps at a young age and was torn from his family. Like any other jew he was trapped in a ghetto, transported to a camp, and evaluated in the selection. He has gone through every painful event in the holocaust and the most painful event was knowing how his father died and that his father death brought him joy not sorrow. The Holocaust is an important because it shapes who he is. Wiesel wouldn 't have become a fighter for peace if he wouldn 't have experienced all the terrible thing his own kind did to him, the beatings, the hunger and the pain.
A major theme of the last three sections of the novel is the loss of identity. Throughout the book, Elie and the other prisoners lose touch with who they really are, as Jews and as human beings. In the beginning of the novel, Elie is a devout Jew, focused on furthering his studies of the Kabbalah. However, as his time at the concentration camp progresses, he continually loses his faith in God. He doesn’t fast on Rosh Hashanah as a sign of defiance, and he frequently blames God for what is happening to the Jews.
NIGHT Elie Wiesel Hundreds of bodies being thrown like a sack of potatoes and nobody caring about who they might be or who their family is. Father and sons wouldn't even look at each other, some even killed one another for food or they are delusional. That was the Holocaust, over 1 million jews killed. In the book Night by Elie Wiesel. Elie wrote his life story by using symbolism, tone, and irony to explain and tell the readers about his traumatic memories of his teen years.