Night clearly illustrates that while in the concentration camps, everyone had to fight for themselves in order to live. No one could do it for them. Sometimes in order to live, they had to attack someone they loved for that extra piece of food or that blanket that could make them a tiny bit warmer. It was not a choice that many prisoners wanted to make, but it was necessary for survival. Thanks to Elie Wiesel writing this particular piece of literature, the world is able to be reminded of the horrific things that these people went through for many years of their lives.
The Significance of Loved Ones “‘The only thing that keeps me alive,” he kept saying, “is to know that Reizel and the little ones are still alive. Were it not for them, I would give up’” (Wiesel, 45). This is said by a Jewish man attempting to fight an onerous and exhausting fight against death. His family was his will to live. In the graphic novel Maus II, Art Spiegelman reveals what hardships his father had to go through to survive his time during the Holocaust.
After a while he had realized he lost his entire family except for his older brother. But soon enough, Black was liberated on the arrival of the British army and set out to start a family. To this day, he still speaks about traumatic experiences he had been through in those prisons. Meanwhile, he is still trying to piece together his family story. Since he isn’t the only survivor there still were many hardships in the concentration camps that everyone had gone through, although this is one of millions of stories there is, it still gives you a clear example of what it was like to become one of “Hitler’s slaves”.
Eventually Hitler began mass transportations from the ghettos to concentration camps starting with those people viewed as the least useful: the sick, old and weak, and the very young. At first Hitler started to gas those that were not useful. Other men and women who were in good condition were put to work. The first gassings began at the camp of Belzec, near Lublin, on March 17, 1942. From 1942 to 1945, Jews were deported to the camps from all over Europe, including German- controlled territory as well as those countries allied with Germany.
The diary of Miriam Wattenberg (“Mary Berg”) was one of the first children 's journals which revealed to a wider public the horrors of the Holocaust. Wattenberg was born in Lódz on October 10, 1924. She began a wartime diary in October 1939, shortly after Poland surrendered to German forces. The Wattenberg family fled to Warsaw, where in November 1940, Miriam, with her parents and younger sister, had to live in the Warsaw ghetto. In the summer of 1942, German officials detained Miriam, her family, and other Jews bearing foreign passports in the infamous Pawiak Prison.
Jew’s Rebellion Six million Jews in Europe dead in just a short period of four years. How is it possible that so many died so quickly? Did anyone try to stop the Nazi’s when they were commiting such crimes. Jews should arm themselves and train to combat Nazi tyranny. In the “Resistance During the Holocaust”, it describes how the Jews actively resisted with uprising in camps, Partisans, and rescuers.
From the very beginning of World War II, the Jews practiced denial as a form of survival. The prospect of the rumors of concentration camps and slaughtering of their friends and family being true was too great a burden for many of them. As a means of survival, the Jews attempted to keep their lives as normal as possible. Continuing to live in denial of their ever changing surrounding, the Jews remained peaceful and formed their own community. With no resistance from the Jews, the Germans had to exert little force to maintain control.
The fiery altar upon which the history of our people and the future of mankind were meant to be sacrificed.” -Elie Weisel In 1942 both Krystyna Chiger and Pavel Friedmann, and their families were forced to live in the ghetto because they were Jewish. The Nazis forced them all to live in the ghetto, because of their religion. So they all tried everything they could to survive, because Adolf Hitler and his Nazis were killing thousands of people by the second. There are many similarities between Pavel and Krystyna’s stories. Both of them are Jewish.
In the book In Our Voices: Stories of Holocaust Survivors by Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center, there are many survivors that their stories make them who they are and their words represent how it was a miracle to survive. One of these survivors was Ralph Rehbock. He …… “The Nazi soldiers knew where my father lived, but he was not at home that night. He never went home again” said
During the Holocaust, lots of people died and maybe some lost their faith, but I believe that the faith of many people grew. The reason I believe this is because if something bad is happening to me and I gave up I think that it would be more painful giving up then praying and believing in God to come help me and deliver me from evil like He says he will in the bible. God works in many ways that people may not understand but in the end, I know He does it for a reason. The Holocaust was a horrible time and I don’t think anyone would want to back to the time period. I think the Jews were saved because of their power of praying.