The Holocaust, 1933-1945, was one of the most devastating genocides of the 20th century. The word “Holocaust”, originating from the Greek words “holos” meaning whole and “kaustos” meaning burned. This term was historically used to describe sacrificial offerings burned on an altar, but since 1945 the word has taken on a different meaning. It now resonates worldwide as the name of the mass murder of c. 6 million European Jews, targeted by the Nazi party as they diseased Europe with the state of anti-Semitism through lies and fear. It will forever signify the threat of racism, totalitarianism, prejudice and bigotry.
He also wanted to tell the reader about his life as a Jew in a concentration camp and the horrors he faced. He wanted us to think about what we would have done in his place and what forgiveness means to us. After he published his book, he asked certain people to respond to the story and what they would have done in his place. Some people are Jews, some are Christians, some are young, some older, some were even part of the war. Everyone who wrote an essay was different from the rest in some way, but they all had one connection, Simon.
Joanne McCarthy has reinforced this concept in her Magill’s Choice: Holocaust Literature where she writes “Innocence died in the camps…the child of faith was journeying from mysticism to anger and doubt of God’s justice” (1), attributing Wiesel’s loss of faith to the death of his innocence. By doing so and making such a point, Wiesel provides the readers with a glimpse of the horrors of the holocaust, appealing to the reader’s pathos and getting them to empathize with the characters in his
In Night, a non-fictional novel, Elie Wiesel, the author, recounts his experience with his father at Nazi German concentration camps in Auschwitz and Buchenwald. A memoir on the Holocaust, the novel addresses the task of describing the indescribable and does it quite well, taking readers on an emotional roll coaster. The novel evokes various feelings including sadness and anger as Wiesel describes explicit details of his experiences during the Holocaust. After reading Night, I felt powerless and depressed as I reflected on my perspective of humanity. I also felt disappointed and frustrated with the details perhaps due to the fact that the details came from a true story.
Art Spiegelman’s Maus II “A Survivor’s Tale,” is a well-known graphic novel that depicted the holocaust. Rewriting a story about the holocaust in the form of a graphic novel or comic as some might describe it, probably seemed unusual and childish. Comics and graphic novels were seen as lacking that education equivalent that people would refer to when researching or reading about that specific point in history. Having a large amount of books relating to the holocaust over the years has only made it repetitive because we are aware of Auschwitz and its terrible events. Art Spiegelman did a fantastic job in retelling the story of his father’s survival in Auschwitz.
Throughout the book, the audience is shown the terror that the Jews suffered during the Holocaust. Elie Wiesel survived through that torture, and later wrote the book Night in an attempt for others to understand what happened. He used foreshadowing, diction that conveys demoralization, and analogies to aid his writing to depict what he saw. Though millions of Jews were killed senselessly in the Holocaust, words are everlasting, meaning Night will continue to enlighten people’s
The Holocaust was one of the most tragic events in history. It just so happened to be the cause of six million deaths. While there are countless beings who experienced such trauma, it is impossible to hear everyone's side of the story. However, one man, in particular, allowed himself to speak of the tragedies. Elie Wiesel addressed the transformation he underwent during the Holocaust in his memoir, Night.
The Holocaust was one of humanity's darkest events and was the most devastating genocide in history. Even in the darkest event in history, there were those who didn’t give up hope and survived. One of these survivors was Elie Wiesel. He recounts the horrors he faced in Night, a retelling of what happened inside the concentration camp Auschwitz. Elie was only fifteen when he was deported in 1944.
The Holocaust, was a mass genocide where six million European Jews were killed by Nazis under the dictatorship of Adolf Hitler. The horrific events that took place in 1933-1945 where millions of innocent life 's were taken; six million Jews and 5 million more innocent life 's. After experiencing being in the presence of a Holocaust survivor and being a witness to their story inspiration took ahold of me. I was emotionally captivated and impacted through the story and the many artefacts that spread across the museum. However, the major factor that contributed to my sudden interest is that these horrible and unimaginable events were part of reality that happened 84 years ago. Through researching artworks that were influenced by the Holocaust as well as propaganda in Germany during World War II has really inspired me.
The Holocaust was a mass murdering during World War 2 when Adolf Hitler ordered nazis to kill all the Jews and during the Holocaust, around 6 million Jews were killed. The holocaust was one of the worst events in history because of how many innocent people, even if they were babies, kids, and elders were killed. Some informative or nonfiction articles include objectivity. Objectivity is when a text has statistics and facts. Subjective texts include opinions, point of views, and shows emotions.
Lastly, Pope John Paul II talks about what he experienced because of the holocaust. One part of his speech states, “My own personal memories are of all that happened when the Nazis occupied Poland during the war. I remember my Jewish friends and neighbors, some of whom perished, while others survived. I have come to Yad Vashem to pay homage to the millions of Jewish people who, stripped of everything, especially of human dignity, were murdered in the Holocaust. More than half a century has passed, but the memories remain”(online).
The Night, written by Ellie Wiesel, discusses his experiences that took place during the Holocaust when he was a young Jewish boy, who lived in Transylvania, until 1944, when the Nazis captured Hungary. Eliezer saw, with his own eyes, the evil and horrendous works of the Nazis to only find out that his father had died. Eliezer started to doubt in his faith, until the day that the Americans freed the Jews. Ellie Wiesel made the reader understand how serious this was by setting a very somber mood, one of the main themes was faith, for when he began to doubt in his religion and God, he was rescued by the Americans from Buchenwald, which was the main setting of the
This was the last time Wiesel saw his mother and little sister forever (Page 22). Night is used throughout Wiesel’s memoir to symbolize death and the darkness of humanity. By itself it comes up various amount of times. Eliezer says, “The days were like nights, and the nights left the dregs of their darkness in our soles” (page 73). Thus night
Night is a mournful, bitter, heartbreaking memoir of Elie Wiesel during the Holocaust. Holocaust was the attempted execution of the Jewish race under the leadership of Adolf Hitler during the second world war. Hitler blamed the Jews for the cause of the Great Depression in Germany and so he promised to annihilate the Jewish race by leading the Nazi soldiers. Jews all around Europe were gathered in concentration camps and were starved to death, burned and overworked. Many Jewish children were left orphans and killed.
World War II ruined the lives of many people all across the world, and each person’s experience affected them in different ways. Both characters lost something, but the loss that Elie experiences is more than anything that a student reading the book could comprehend. The the events in the memoir Night by Elie Wiesel in comparison to Farewell to Manzanar by Jeanne Wakatsuki are considerably more tragic, but each event had massive effects on the lives of those affected. Jeanne and Elie began in a community with their family and friends, living a normal life, but they had very different experiences when being removed from the only place that they’ve ever known. “The name Manzanar meant nothing to us when we left Boyle Heights.