Have you ever had something you loved suddenly ripped away from you? While in the concentrations camps, the Jewish prisoners had something very important to them taken away by force. During World War II, the Nazi’s tried to destroy the Jewish religion, but people instead clung to their religion rather than letting it die out. In the story, The Secret Celebration, people can see the struggles the Jewish people had to endure to keep practicing their religion through the eyes of Cohen, a Jewish prisoner. Religious practice was very important to the Jewish prisoners and Cohen for many different reasons. One way religious practice was important to Cohen and the other Jewish prisoners is that it kept them all connected to each other in such a hard time. In the passage it says, “In the car, he and the other Jews, prayed together, while others mocked them for remaining devout and faithful in such a horrible time.” Through praying, all of the prisoners stayed connected, and they all united by one thing they had in common, their religion. The Jewish religion …show more content…
In the story it says, “In the camps it was impossible for them to stop work for them on the Sabbath. They would be killed if they did. They needed a menorah. Cohen offered his spoon. Someone gave a bit of margarine that he had saved from his daily rations to be oil. They unraveled threads from their ragged uniforms and wove them into instant wicks.” Even though they could get killed, they still practiced their religion, and they all contributed something to help make the menorah. Keeping all of the materials they need was also a big risk because it could have easily resulted in punishment. The holiday was so important they took the risk of dying for it. They never gave up on their dedication even through hard times. The Jewish prisoners were so dedicated to their religion, they would have died for
Losing faith is like clearing off a foggy windshield. The true pain and suffering of the world are revealed. During the Holocaust, the SS would often force prisoners to witness the deaths of fellow prisoners, to scare them into obeying the SS and to show the prisoners what would happen to them if they did not follow orders. In the memoir Night, Elie Wiesel uses symbolism and metaphors to show the theme that suffering will weaken religious faith.
The guest speaker at the Illinois Holocaust Museum posed an unanswerable question to the dozen Chabad eighth-grade boys sitting in front of him. Mitchell Winthrop, 88 years of age, a survivor of the Auschwitz and Mauthausen Nazi concentration camps, had been raised in a secular Jewish home in Lodz, Poland. Why had he, he asked the boys—someone who hadn’t even had a bar mitzvah—been chosen to survive the Holocaust and not his pious, white-bearded grandfather? His question was meant to provoke thought, but it also spurred the graduating class of Chicago’s Seymour J. Abrams Cheder Lubavitch Hebrew Day School into action.
"Why should I bless His name? What had I to thank Him for?” (Wiesel, 23). “Taking refuge in a last bout of religiosity… I composed poems mainly to integrate myself with God”. (Kluger, 111).
“Homeland is something one becomes aware of only through its loss, Gunter Grass.” In Peter Gay’s memoir, My German Question, he articulates what it was like living in Germany with the presence of the Nazis or in his own experience the lack there of. Peter lived in a family that didn’t directly practice Judaism and most German families didn’t perceive them as Jews until the Nazis defined what a Jew was to the public. The persecution of other Jewish families in Germany where far worse than what Peter experienced growing up. There was a major contrast between how Gay’s family was treated and how other Jews who actively practiced the religion in Germany were treated which played a contributing factor for why the family stayed so long before they left.
The expedition Elie Wiesel endured amid the, in my opinion, inexplicable Holocaust subsists in Night. Aforementioned, all information established in Night predicates on real-life occurrences recited by Elie. In the Jews ' time of peril and prejudice, a Jewish family is condemned to congregate with other Jewish families in concentration camps; where they deviate from their spiritual life and become emaciated thralls of the Schutzstaffel. Eliezer, the protagonist of the story, struggles to conserve his faith in a benevolent God throughout the Holocaust; but he emerged with his religious devotion tainted, yet intact.
An inmate says, “ ‘We can't let them kill us like that, like cattle in the slaughterhouse ‘ “(31). Being killed like cattle isn't human. Being thrown into the crematoria alive, being burned and turned into ashes isn't human. The Jews are being treated like animals, making them feel worthless.
During the time of 1933-1945 the Nazi’s implemented a series of dehumanizing actions towards the jewish. In the book “Night” by Eliezer Wiesel, Wiesel discusses his life before being deported to a concentration camp, his experience in concentrations camps, and how he was finally liberated. Through Wiesel, we are able to witness the way these unfortunate jewish people were stripped of their rights, experimented on and objectified. First of all, there were many laws that were being established that were specifically targeting the Jewish population as time was progressing in Nazi Germany. These laws made a huge impact and made it more difficult for the jewish community to live as “normal” human beings.
It is a common assumption among numerous people in the world that the Holocaust never existed. In fact, almost fifty percent of the world population never even heard of the Holocaust. Elie Wiesel helped people around the world learn about the Holocaust through his book “Night.” He wanted people to see the bravery, courage, and guilt of the Jews through his book. “Night” shows the horrific and malicious acts in the German concentration camps during the Holocaust.
The heart wrenching and powerful memoir “Night” by Elie Wiesel depicts Elie’s struggle through the holocaust. It shows the challenges and struggles Elie and people like him faced during this mournful time, the dehumanization; being forced out of their homes, their towns and sent to nazi concentration camps, being stripped of their belongings and valuables, being forced to endure and witness the horrific events during one of history’s most ghastly tales. In “Night” Elie does not only endure a physical journey but also a spiritual journey as well, this makes him question his determination, faith and strength. This spiritual journey is a journey of self discovery and is shown through Elie’s struggle with himself and his beliefs, his father
This account of Jewish survival is at once depressing, excruciatingly so. Unrelenting abuse and unspeakable crimes constantly bombard the reader. How does one feel having read it? Sick? Furthermore even Elie, a survivor, says, “My soul had been invaded -and devoured- by a black flame (pg.37)…my life… no longer mattered (pg.113).”
The book Daniel’s Story describes events that happened during the Holocaust through a fictional character, Daniel. The way the Nazis treated the Jewish people was awful and cruel. Many of these actions made me sick to my stomach, knowing that this actually happened. From his uncle’s ashes being sent in the mail, people beating up the Jews, a SS officer shooting a young boy, and the living conditions of the Jews in the ghetto, these are some of the events that were horrifying.
Screams of anguish, the smell of burning flesh, corpses lining the crimson soil—these are only a few of the horrors one would face as a Jewish prisoner in a concentration camp at the time of the Holocaust. Eliezer Wiesel, author of the memoir Night, has witnessed all of this, at the young age of 15. Over the course of the catastrophe, Eliezer shows drastic signs of spiritual change before, during, and after being held prisoner at the camps of death. Prior to the incident, Elie’s faith in his God was very strong. He describes bringing his needs to his father as, “One day I asked my father to find me a master who could guide me in my studies of Kabbalah,” (page 4).
The Holocaust affects Jews in a way that seems unimaginable, and most of these effects seem to have been universal experiences; however, in the matter of faith, Jews in the concentration camp described in Elie Wiesel’s Night are affected differently and at different rates. The main character, Elie, loses his faith quickly after the sights he witnesses (as well as many others); other Jews hold on much longer and still pray in the face of total destruction. In the beginning, all of the Jews are more or less equally faithful in their God and religion.
________________ ____ _________________ _________________ _________________ _________________ Working Title : Jewish Resistance: When Arms Go Up & Flags Come Down “Between 5 & 6 million Jews-out of the Jewish population of 9 million living in Europe-were killed during the holocaust.” This quote, derived and utilized in this paper from a website that is most focused upon history and its historical background and contents. The Holocaust was the mass/systematic extermination of a specific race or group of people, places, or things.