He lost his identity to the flames that consumed everything, The flames took away homes, families, and souls. Elie lost his faith and his father to the Holocaust. He had hope that everything will end soon. The flames will quit devouring everything. Most people that survived the Holocaust can never forget all the torture that they went through.
When Moishe is taken away from the town of Sighet, he returns only to described the horrific series of murders he witnessed. Saying in detail how German officers would use babies as target practice for the machine guns, family members were killed in front of other members, and of the father who plead to be killed before his son. The other Jews did not believe his stories, until the German army arrived at their town. The army took their rights away slowly, which prompted the Jews to change emotionally. Eventually they stopped being seen as human, as they were prohibited to go to restaurants or cafes.
Once they had settled down people started to hear about what he had done to the Jews during the Holocaust. People did not approve so they started to add conflict to his life by scorning him and his family. Nobody wanted to hire him for a job. But when he made his own company nobody wanted to buy from
Elie Wiesel addressed the transformation he underwent during the Holocaust in his memoir, Night. Wiesel changes vastly throughout the book, whether it is his faith in God, his faith in living, or even the way his mind works. In the beginning of his memoir, Wiesel appeared to be faithful to God and the Jewish religion, but during his time in concentration camps, his faith in God wavered tremendously. Before his life was corrupted, he would praise God even when he was being transferred to Auschwitz, but after living in concentration camps, he began to feel rebellious against his own religion. In the book, Elie
Eliezer even asked his father to find him a master to guide him in his studies of Kabbalah which is an esoteric method of discipline which is a tradition in Judaism. This is illustrated when Eliezer states that, “One day I asked my father to find me a master to guide me in my studies of Kabbalah.”(Pg.4) Eliezer was a observant and curious kid that had a huge interest in his religion. He even wanted to learn more about his religion
In the story of Night, Elie Wiesel starts with a boy named Moshe the Beadle, he is the spiritual advisor of Elie Wiesel. The Jewish faith that Elie Wiesel had before the Holocaust started. Following the story, Moshe disappears after a few pages in the book. The ideas he teaches Wiesel remain throughout the story and his life. While the story goes on it mentions how Moshe is captured by the red army and Moshe witnesses what is really happening to Jews.
The truth he thought he covered up about his involvement in the My Lai Massacre came out bashing him the newspaper, and Kathy was left happy that the campaign was over but also struggling to get along with John (22). After a short time at the cabin, John had a creepy meltdown where he said the most vile thing he can, “Kill Jesus”, and then proceeds to boil water and ruin all the plants in the house (49). John woke up to find that she was no longer there and proceeded to think about how he will explain the situation (77-78). Kathy never came back because the amount of issues and the intensity they carried through their relationship had peaked and she committed
In summary, he was forcefully separated from his family, bared the death of the only motivation he had and was left to live with the nightmares of the atrocious doing of Hitler and his Nazis. Elie’s innocence was taken alongside everything else he had. Instead of remembering his childhood and laughing, he prays one day he’ll forget, forget what he was forced to see. Moreover, forget what was taken from him. Elie had undergone an immense amount of pain albeit the fact that many think of WW2 but don’t mind much of it’s events.
Now they were holding the blankets over them just to keep the little warmth they had left. The prisoners were helpless and scared for their lives because they didn’t know if they would die from hypothermia, or be shot by the Nazis. “We could hear new gunshots again, very close. But we had neither the strength nor the courage to believe that the Nazis would not have time to evacuate us, and that the Russians would soon be there” (1256). The prisoners would hear gunshots from war and they wanted to escape and run into the battle and get rescued by the Russians but they were terrified that the Nazis would shoot them down.
The author and narrator Elie Wiesel, personally experienced being treated like an animal and he also saw how his father and peers were treated less humanely. The dehumanization of jews began because of their belief, they did not believe in the same things that the Nazis did. The nazis thought they were impure souls because they were not like the them. It all began from the point the SS officers barged into their homes and told them they would be leaving their homes and going to the ghetto. “The time has come… you must leave all this…”(Wiesel 16) They had to leave all their belongings behind believing one day they would be back, but in the reality of the holocaust it was most likely they would never be back.