With such dreadful conditions, the Jews began initiating resistance and uprisings. Even though the prisoners knew loss was unquestionable, they fought bravely and certain. The Jews wanted the future generation to know that they would never give up without a fight. The Nazi officers kept watch of the prisoners every second; the inhumanity of the guards murdered the spirit of the Jews. Because of the environment of the camps, a countless number of Jews died every day.
This made them more emotionally scared since the one thing they relied on, had betrayed them, and so it seemed as there was truly no hope at all for them. Many times, their relatives of loved ones were the ones being executed, creating emotional trauma. Elie Wiesel writes, “Smack in the middle of the road, two cauldrons of soup with no one to guard them….free for the taking. But who would dare? Fear was greater than hunger.” Starvation was another method used by the Nazis, only fear outranked being hungry.
In the novel Night, Idek shows evil in every way. Idek beats on Eli’s father countless times once to try to get Eli’s gold crown from his mouth. When he wasn’t beating on one of the prisoners he was taking advantage of a young girl at the camp. We see no sign of family in Idek’s life but plenty of evil outbreaks. Even though Idek is also Jewish just like all the other members of the camps and he too treats the prisoners like the German officers would or even worse.
Throughout this novella, the denied ability to have an exclusive title other than just a number, the critical circumstances of the feared concentration camp Auschwitz, and the disability to obtain a soul, all contribute to Elie’s incredulity towards his faith. Family titles and names are a prodigious gift from God. To acquire a name means that there is an importance for the individual’s life. Without names, an individual has no meaning and no worth. The SS men have replaced their captives original names for irrelevant numbers as shown in the following quote, “I became A-7713.
Elie started to act very different during and after the holocaust because he saw many things that would traumatized even the toughest of people. He's had to do things that were very messed things that the old him, before the holocaust, would never do. One of the most messed he had to do was watch small children being thrown into a fire and he had to listen to there plaintive din’s. Another thing that happened is he had to watch an emaciated kid be hung from the gallows. Something that not only him but everyone else had to do was he had to live in the ghettos.
Eventually they stopped being seen as human, as they were prohibited to go to restaurants or cafes. When they arrived at the first camp, Elie and his family were separated. Throughout the novel, Elie tells of the extreme measures he goes through just to stay with his father. His father is the reason why Elie keeps going and has a desire to live. During the years of the holocaust, many people were surrounded by death constantly.
Understanding also appears in the nonfictional book, “Night” by Elie Wiesel. In the book, Elie understood the fear and hate in his parents when they were being taken away by the German soldiers. “I did not want to look at my parents’ faces. I did not want to break into tears. That was when I began to hate them, and my hatred remains our only link today.
The main cause of the deaths were the Death Marches. Most died from the heat, exhaustion, being shot, and many other different conditions. Although the prison camps were designed to torture the prisoners, they are no longer used today. The affected families and prisoners will have to live with the sufferings, but they will never have to go through it again. The prisoners faced many hard times in their life being in the prison camps.
When the Oberkapo was arrested on suspicion of sabotage and evicted from the camp, however, the Gestapo continued to question the boy and finally convicted him of the compliance in the efforts to hide weapons that had been found in a building under the Oberkapo’s supervision. There was no showcase of defiance before the boy died. There was no celebration among the prisoners as they had recognized the inhumanity and injustice of the execution of this child. However, there came the realization of the ultimate cruelty of his death. On page 65 of Night by Elie Wiesel it states “the third rope was still moving: the child, too light, was still breathing...And so he remained for more than half an hour, lingering between life and death, writing before our eyes.
Yes, they were beaten, burned alive and tortured with but the Natzi’s could never take away the memories of the Jews lives. They definitely tried, but it didn’t work. the memories they had before going to the camp helped them through the times at the concentration camp. It reminded them of their family 's, homes, neighbors and friends. What does night mean?