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.
Elie Wiesel is a Jewish boy who was taken to the Auschwitz concentration camp with his family. Elie Wiesel lived through the Holocaust and went through emotional and physical changes.Elie Wiesel was separated from his mother and sisters at the concentration camp; he is with his father for the rest of his father 's shortened life. Elie Wiesel watched as his father was beaten by the kapo, Elie witnessed numerous people die throughout his time in the concentration camps. Elie Wiesel and ninety nine plus people were shoved into train carts and taken various places, and were never told where they were going. Elie Wiesel watched as men threw babies into the crematorium.
When in the hospital, Elie got told the SS guards were going to mine the camp or the hospital patients will be finished off. All he could think about was being separated from his father. “I had made up my mind to accompany my father wherever he went” (82). Elie suggested to leave, because it seemed like the safest one of the choices. Later in his life, after the liberation of the camps, Elie learned that the Russians freed the people in the Buna hospital.
From there they boarded a train to Switzerland (Roberts 80-81). Now they were poor and not welcome in Czechoslovakia or Germany. So Oskar tried and schemed to get rich, but eventually he moved to Frankfurt Germany. He left Emilie behind but their marriage was already over but the 1960’s. When he went back to Germany many Jewish organizations helped him because they had heard what he had done for the Jews (Roberts 84-84).
In the novel, “Night” Elie Wiesel communicates with the readers his thoughts and experiences during the Holocaust. Wiesel describes his fight for survival and journey questioning god’s justice, wanting an answer to why he would allow all these deaths to occur. His first time subjected into the concentration camp he felt fear, and was warned about the chimneys where the bodies were burned and turned into ashes. Despite being warned by an inmate about Auschwitz he stayed optimistic telling himself a human can’t possibly be that cruel to another human. After a while of being in the Nazi concentration camp he adapted to the environment around him.
Hubert Selby Jr. once said, "Eventually we all have to accept full and total responsibility for our actions, everything we have done, and have not done.” Billy Pilgrim learns this all too soon. There are a few particular scenes in Slaughterhouse-Five that portray the toll responsibility takes on Pilgrim at the end of the war. Towards the end of the book, after Dresden was bombed, we find Pilgrim quietly enjoying a ride back to the bombed city to collect any ruins. Once they stop, Pilgrim is scolded harshly for the condition of the horses pulling his coffin shaped carriage. Once he is reprimanded, then and only then, Pilgrim breaks down into tears.
Eliezer had a peaceful life with his family members, in 1944 Eliezer and his family were taken from their home to the Auschwitz concentration camp which results in the lost of his mother and sisters and altering his view of his religion. Eliezer had a strong devotion with his religion which gave him the courage and strength to keep hope in his situation, thought out the time Elie’s views in his religion changed as he experienced the evil brought upon himself and his family, sadly this dark presents changed his attitude towards God. In the beginning of Night, Eliezer began telling readers about his life, he was the only son in an Orthodox Jewish family that strictly adheres to Jewish tradition and law. Eliezer studies the Talmud the Jewish mystical texts of the Cabbala, with the help of Moishe the Beadle. Moishe the Beadle was a teacher of Jewish mysticism, with Moishe’s guidance.
After Wiesel and his father travel from the camp Auschwitz to Buna, they are told it is an overall good camp and that he has been placed in a good unit. The only real hazard is Idek, the Kapo, who sometimes flies into violent rages. On the first occasion, Wiesel is working in the warehouse, and he happens to draw the notice of a furious Idek who begins to beat him, uncertain of the reason why. “...I happened to cross his path. He threw himself on me like a wild beast, beating me in the chest, on my head, throwing me to the ground and picking me up again, crushing me with ever more violent blows, until I was covered in blood.” (53).
The Jews that got to stay were carpenters, tailors, and shoemakers. One of the survivors said, “I polished SS boots as dying people screamed”(The Sobibor Death Camp). The elderly, sick, and invalids were told they would receive medical treatment, but instead, they were put into carts, be taken behind the Chapel, and they would be
Oskar Schindler was a great hero as part of the SS Nazi party for he saved over 1,000 jews from getting slaughtered and abused at the Jewish concentration camps. Many Jews thought of his pot making factory as a haven, a refuge for Jews. During the later years of the war around 1942, Nazi soldiers invaded the ghettos and relocated Jews to concentration camps. Schindler had saved Polish jews from the Polish concentration camp, Plaszow. At first, I viewed Oskar Schindler as just another one of those greedy CEO’s and took advantage of Jews for free labor.
People tend to try to stay as close to those relationships and attempt to make the good relationships last, making friendship become part of their morals. This being said, when someone starts gain power, they are mostly able to keep their morals. In the book Night--a story about the firsthand experience of a boy who lives through The Holocaust written by Elie Wiesel--Elie and his father are in the notorious concentration camp Auschwitz. Elie’s father asks one of the guards where the bathroom is and, “he dealt my father such a clout that he fell to the ground, crawling back to his place on all fours”(48). Elie was so surprised and fear stricken that he did not even react to it, but he stated, “I thought only: I shall never forgive them for that”(48).
This quote was said when Elie and his family arrived at the camp. He knew that, that very moment will be the last time he will ever see his mom and little sister again. Continuously in the book we see how Ellie always try to stay close to his dad because he is afraid of being by himself.. The sorrow that stares at him when he looks at himself in the mirror comes from all the sad things he has had to endure during his time in Birkenau. For example when he saw the little boy get hanged after being used as a sexual slave, or even when they had to eat snow with bread to fill their stomachs up.
Now to the woman, the man was bad, but to the man, he is just trying to survive. The self consciousness, humanity, and kindness reveal that humans are essentially good but evil things are start from it. In the novel, Night by Elie Wiesel, Eliezer had to try to survive the holocaust with his father against the cruel SS soldiers. In the first concentration camp, Auschwitz, Eliezer 's father was asking to getting so respect from the soldiers. “The Gypsy stared at him for a long time, from head to toe.
Oskar Schindler’s transformation from an “anti-hero” to a hero was not drastic but occurred through many events over a four year span. The first event that showed a change in Schindler was hiring Itzhak Stern as an administrator for his factory of making mess kits and cooking materials for the German army. Itzhak Stern helped fund the factory meaning that Schindler had to rely on Stern for the initial funding. This event as well as the suggestion Stern makes of using the Jewish population instead of the Polish population affirm a friendship and bond between the two men . This bond helps Schindler see Jews as people and not animals or garbage as the rest of the Nazis Party does.
In Night and MAUS, Wiesel and Spiegelman attempt to outline the impact of the varying reactions the Jewish population had about the same idea of fathers and sons. This can relate to society as a whole in the sense that decisions of people with the same morals and principals can not be compared in a setting as mitigating as such. However, the effect is just as great on the individual. Elie stresses the guilt he feels every day for being so inconsiderate for his father despite his plight. Artie alludes to the difficulty he has writing the book he intended for his readers.