Elie was called along with the others to the appelplazt to watch the hanging of an innocent boy. When the boy lingered between life and death, Elie’s faith was pulverized seeing that his glorified god had allow inequity to befall, therefore, when one of the inmates asked where God is, Elie answered ” Where He is? This is where—hanging here from this gallows” (65), revealing Elie’s belief that God was dead because hope and righteousness did not exist among them. Elie saw that his inmates were blessing God on the eve of Rosh Hashanah, he became enraged since he blamed God for their unscrupulous sufferings, thus, “Every fiber in [him] rebelled”(67) when he was supposed to express his gratitude to God. Elie has stopped seeking God’s help, instead, he was in charge of his own survival even when he was facing the worst of all things.
Elie Wiesel was one of the many unfortunate souls who were sent to Auschwitz, a well known concentration camp. He spent many painful years watching people get shot, or die of starvation; seeing people get sent to gas chambers for no reason. After he escaped, he turned bitter, and cruel. He later wrote the book Night. Elie Wiesel stated boldly, “The opposite of faith is not heresy, it’s indifference.”
“My eyes had opened and I was alone, terribly alone in a world without God, without man. Without love or mercy. I was nothing but ashes now” (Wiesel 68). God was humanity for Elie, his faith meant everything to him, so when he lost his faith he felt his life had lost purpose. He truly felt alone in the world without God there to guide him, he was more damages by his loss of faith than anything else that happened to him.
The overall theme of Night is faith. In the kickoff we see a young Wiesel who springiness /reserved his time perusal the Talmud and dreamed one twenty-four hour period of perusal the Qabalah . He started off as a boy who had faith and ingenuousness and believed that Idol was everlasting. Wiesel teaches me of the emotional and physical pain the prisoners at the camp felt. It teaches us not to take things as something that will never go away and in a religious - point of view teaches us to always have hope no matter how hard one situation is.
Eliezer Wiesel loses his confidence in god, family and humankind through the encounters he has from the Nazi death camp. Eliezer loses confidence in god. He battles physically and rationally forever and no more accepts there is a divine being. "Never should I overlook those minutes which killed my god and my spirit and turned my fantasies to dust..."(pg 32). Elie endeavored to spare himself and asks god commonly to bail him and take him out of his hopelessness.
Maintaining Faith Through Extreme Cruelty The struggle to remain faithful while experiencing the cruelty that was present during the Holocaust can be a daunting task; maintaining this faith can be what keeps one alive. In his memoir Night, Elie Wiesel describes the innumerable cruelties that he experienced, and how those experiences contributed to his slow loss of faith in the God which he previously believed in so wholeheartedly.
Where’s God? How can I belive, how can anyone believe in this God of Mercy?”(83). Elie states basically god doesn’t exist, if he did they would of been saved but they are left to suffer. At this point it would take something pretty miraculous to spark back Elie's faith. Finally, Elie finds himself saying, “And in spite of myself, a prayer rose in my heart, to that God in whom I no longer believed.
In Night by Elie Wiesel, Wiesel says, “Never shall I forget that night, the first night in camp, that turned my life into one long night seven times sealed….Never shall I forget those things, even were I condemned to live as long as God Himself.” (Wiesel, 2006, pg. 34) Eliezer perseveres not simply in light of the way that he his related Jews murdered before his eyes, additionally he feels that his God was slaughtered. The concentration camp experience pounds his chastity and his trust in a reasonable and revering God. Another evidence is shown in Elie Wiesel’s Nobel Peace Prize Acceptance Speech, in which he says, "Human rights are being violated on every continent….
At the beginning of Night, Elie was someone who believed fervently in his religion. His experiences at Auschwitz and other camps, such as Birkenau and Buna have affected his faith immensely. Elie started to lose his faith when he and his father arrived at Birkenau. They saw the enormous flames rising from a ditch, with people being thrown in.
In the memoir Night, the narrator Elie Wiesel recounts a moment when he questioned God, ¨Blessed be God’s name? Why, but why would I bless him? Every fiber in me rebelled, he caused thousands of children to burn his Mass graves?¨(Wiesel 68). Overall, Wiesel does not follow the words of God and is not believing in him anymore because he thinks God is the one thatś letting all the inhumanity occur. One theme in Night is that inhumanity can cause disbelief or incredulity.
Wiesel's loss of faith was brought on by the absence of God. This resulted in him questioning why it was God's will to allow Jews to suffer and die the way they had. Another portrayal of religious confliction within Wiesel was the statement of his faith being consumed by the flames along with the corpses of children (Wiesel 34). Therefore, he no longer believed God was the almighty savior everyone had set Him out to be or even present before them. To conclude, his experiences within Nazi confinement changed what he believed in and caused him to change how he thought and began questioning God because of the actions He allowed to take
On the wall of a concentration camp cell, an unknown prisoner wrote, “If there is a God, he will have to beg for my forgiveness”. For many Holocaust survivors, this quote is true. In his memoir Night, Jewish Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel reflects on how he began to lose his faith in God during his time spent in the Holocaust. At the young age of fifteen, Wiesel was separated from his family and sent to the most notorious concentration camp in history. Before entering the concentration camps, Elie Wiesel had a strong relationship with God; however, due to experiencing the horrors of the Holocaust, Wiesel begins to doubt God and then give up on his faith.
The Holocaust affects Jews in a way that seems unimaginable, and most of these effects seem to have been universal experiences; however, in the matter of faith, Jews in the concentration camp described in Elie Wiesel’s Night are affected differently and at different rates. The main character, Elie, loses his faith quickly after the sights he witnesses (as well as many others); other Jews hold on much longer and still pray in the face of total destruction. In the beginning, all of the Jews are more or less equally faithful in their God and religion.
Many who had a faith, had their relationship with God put through several trials and tribulations. Some relationships prevailed, and some failed, but the questioning was fundamental. As Moshe the Beadle says, “I pray to the God within me that He will give me the strength to ask Him the right questions.” (pg 33) The Holocaust forced many people to ask horrible questions concerning their relationship with God, but the fact that one is asking the questions in the first place, still proves their faith.
(Wiesel 65). Another example of this is when it is new years in the concentration camp, in this Elie is losing his faith in god because he is the creator, he is questioning why? if he is the creator of everything? Then why did he create such hurt and torture for them. “blessed be god’s name?