Night By Elie Wiesel Reflection

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Between the years of 1939 to 1945 six million Jews would die in the Holocaust including Elie Wiesel's family. Night written by Elie Wiesel, is a memoir written about Elie’s experience with his father in the Nazi German concentration camps of Auschwitz and Buchenwald in 1944 to 1945, during the Holocaust. Elie Wiesel is a Jew and had lost faith in his religion when going through the Nazi German concentration camps. Elie Wiesel’s culture is similar to my culture as Elie is Jewish and I am Jewish. Elie Wiesel’s culture is Jewish and Elie’s culture is comparable to my culture In the beginning of Night, Elie is a very religious Jewish boy who believes in God and is very observant. Judaism is an ancient monotheistic religion, with Torah as its…show more content…
In the concentration camps Jews would come in very religious but would lose faith in God because thousands of Jews would die in the crematoria. “And from within me, I heard a voice answer, ‘Where He is? This is where- hanging here from this gallows…”(Wiesel p.65). As this quote shows, Eliezer’s faith in God begins to falter at the concentration camp Auschwitz-Birkenau. Here the furnaces are busy night and day burning people. It is here where Elie watches German soldiers throw truckloads of children and babies into the flames. The longer Eliezer stays in the concentration camp the more he sees and experiences cruelty and suffering. Elie can no longer believe that a God who would permit such nightmare places to exist could be just. The fact that many Jews do continue to pray, to study Talmud, and to look for comfort in their faith while in the concentration camp amazes and confuses Eliezer. While in the concentration camp, Elie finds that people would still pray to a God that would allowed their families to be gassed and incinerated suggests to Eliezer that people are stronger and more forgiving than the God they pray to.Later, as more people die, and others around him lose hope, starve and succumb, Eliezer ceases to believe that God could exist at all. He is not alone in his disillusionment. Akiba Drumer is one person that Elie would meet while in Auschwitz.
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