One day when he is working in a hospital, Simon is asked to forgive a dying Nazi soldier, Karl. He is faced with a dilemma that everyone has to encounter at some point in their life, but this is different than forgiving a family member for lying to you. Simon has to decide right then whether or not to forgive a murderer of many innocent Jews. Simon Wiesenthal wrote this book because he wanted to reach out and find closure for his actions. He also wanted to tell the reader about his life as a Jew in a concentration camp and the horrors he faced.
In which millions of Jews were innocently killed and persecuted because of their religion. As a student who is familiar with the years of the holocaust that will forever live in infamy, Wiesel’s memoir has undoubtedly changed my perspective. Throughout the text, I have been emotionally touched by the topics of dehumanization, the young life of Elie Wiesel, and gained a better understanding of the Holocaust. With how dehumanization was portrayed through words, pondering my mind the most. On the subject of this, the first experience of dehumanization Wiesel experienced was when he and his family were forced into wagons packed with other innocent jews and he says, “After two days of travel, thirst became intolerable, as did the heat” (Wiesel 23).
Elie Wiesel’s memoir Night explains how the holocaust has changed his life. This essay is about how Elie Wiesel has changed over time because of the concentration camps like Auschwitz and Buchenwald. The memoir Night is about Elie Wiesel and everyone around him with their experience at Auschwitz. It talks about how they had to deal with the Nazi’s and how they had to put up with so much death. It explains how he turned from being pouis about life to wanting to not exist.
The Almighty, the eternal and terrible Master of the Universe, chose to be silent. What was there to thank Him for?” (Wiesel 33). This quote demonstrates the idea that Elie is beginning to grow angry with God, and is beginning to stray from his once extremely religious life. In the article “Holocaust and the Death of God: A Study of Elie Wiesel’s Night”, it is argued that this is the first time that Elie realizes that he is “terribly alone in the world without God” (Mehrotra & Vats 166) Nitisha Mehrotra and Naresh K. Vats would also argue that although Elie appears to resent God and his religion, this decision was not easy for him. Elie strove to be someone who would never renounce his faith, yet when faced with treacherous conditions and harsh persecution Elie found it growing more and more difficult to keep his faith in
In these concentration camps, the Jews were given inhumane, brutal actions. Not only were the Jews who were not fit to work thrown into the gas chambers or shot, those that were kept alive were worked without any regards to their comfort or rights. Essentially, the Jews weren 't treated as humans due to their faith. This creates a problem in the Jew’s concept of God, a being supposedly all good and all powerful. Such a being could not have ignored the Jews when they were being persecuted due to their belief in Him.
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).
By writing the analogy, Wiesel emphasizes how poorly they were treated, giving the audience a glimpse at what occurred in concentration camps. 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 memoir Night written by Holocaust survivor Eliezer Wiesel is a recollection of the Holocaust. In the memoir Eliezer describes his experience during the height of the Holocaust near the end of the second World War. A time of concentration camps and prejudice on Jews from the Germans/Nazis. In Eliezer’s memoir he uses literary devices to help bring his experience to life for the audience. Using similes, metaphors, irony, symbolism, imagery, and so much more.
Kamalpreet Kaur 10/25/2015 2nd period English 11 Final Draft Essay Night by Elie Wiesel is a Holocaust memoir about his experience with his father in the Nazi German concentration camps in Auschwitz and Buchenwald in 1944–1945. Elie Wiesel was born in Sighet, Transylvania on September 30th, 1928. On December 10, 1986, in the Oslo City Hall, Norway, Elie Wiesel delivered The Nobel Peace Prize Acceptance Speech. Elie Wiesel is a messenger to a variety of mankind survivors from The Holocaust talked about their experiences in the camps and their struggle with faith through the
Investigators as well as researchers had met a man who goes by the name Eugene Black who sat down and talked about the harsh journey he had with his involvement in being confined in one of those camps. He was born in 1928 is Czechoslovakia, and grew up with a Jewish family. Though religion only played a small role in his life, when German forces fled his homeland he was immediately forced to work in the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp. Black had then been selected as a slave laborer where he had grown sick and weak. After a while he had realized he lost his entire family except for his older brother.