Sympathy And Compassion In The Book Night By Elie Wiesel

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Religion, empathy, sympathy and compassion are all words that describe a kind and caring person. They describe millions of Jewish people before the Holocaust. This race and many other groups of people that were targeted encountered terrible things that no human being should ever experience. These groups, including Elie Wiesel the author of the book Night, lost their religion, faith, empathy, sympathy and compassion because of the Holocaust, and became selfish beings that were focused only on survival.
Early on Wiesel was a kind and caring young man who devoted himself to religion and to his studies. Then when he was about 13 year old he was taken to Auschwitz-Birkenau a concentration camp located in Poland. Then his life changed...he changed. In a matter of hours Wiesel lost his faith in God. Wiesel wrote: “NEVER SHALL I …show more content…

Never shall I forget that smoke.
Never shall I forget the faces of the children whose faces I saw transformed into smoke under a silent sky.
Never shall I forget those flames that consumed my faith forever.
Never shall I forget the nocturnal silence that deprived me for all eternity of the desire to live.
Never shall i forget those moments that murdered my God and soul and turned my dreams to ashes.
Never shall I forget those things, even were I condemned to live as long as God Himself.
Never.” (Wiesel 34)
Wiesel’s first night not only rid him of his faith in God but, it also rid him of his desire to live. This is the same for man other groups of people who were victims of the Holocaust. These people experienced the wrath of Hitler, excluding the fact the most of them did nothing wrong. Over the next few years Wiesel would repudiate God, causing him to lose his benevolence along with millions of others. “He was not alone in having lost his faith. I knew a rabbi, from a small town in Poland. One day he said to me: ‘It’s over. God is no

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