They had terrible living conditions, some died from starvation, and others died from disease. The gardes splitted the Jews into five rows for counte off. When they had to leave the Ghettos eighty Jews were loaded into each of the cattle cars, on their way to the camps. When Elie and the others make it to the camps some of them have to go to the infirmary, from the little food they had on the cattle cars. There were around 20,000 camps but the main ones were Auschwitz, Buchenwald, Dachau, and Treblinka.
Despite everything that happened to him, he survived to see freedom; a task that not many did. Living a quiet and peaceful life, Elie’s town doesn’t see the Germans as a threat when they peacefully infiltrated their town. However, they began enforcing rules and move the Jews into ghettos.
In the memoir Night written by Elie Wiesel, he and his family were taken from their home in Sighet, Transylvania. This memoir takes place in around 1941, a few years after the Holocaust began. The first event that led to all of this is when Moshie the Beadle and the foreign jews were taken to dig their own graves. Elie and his family were transported in cattle cars to a concentration camp, called Auschwitz-Birkenau. Once they got to Auschwitz they read the sign that's above the gate, the sign said “ARBEIT MACHT FREI.”
Being in the cattle car without food or water can make them start turning on one another. For example, when Mrs.Schächter started screaming “Fire, I see fire!” and there was none so they beat her because she kept screaming that over and over again. As the Jews were brought out of the cattle cars, they were separated into groups so they can go through selection. During the selection, Eliezer had to lie about his age and occupation so he can have a chance at surviving.
The tests that they had to go through was not easy for some of them. Many jewish people didn’t make it into the concentration camps because of their health and their age. The jewish people and many other races had to go through terrifying acts like beatings, gas chambers, starvation, etc. In the text of the book Night Elie gets his number called.
According to the text in chapters 5 and 6, Elie tells his story about the begging of the end of the Jewish prisoners being sent off running to an unknown destination as stated at the end of chapter 5. In chapters 6 and 7, the story talks about how Elie and the other Jews were forced to keep running and if they stopped they would be shot down. And in chapter 8 when they finally reached their destination in Buchenwald they were told to take showers so they could be burned in the crematorium. Some people might have thought during WWII it was just all about the fighting and the effect on us as Americans. But most people won't look deeper into the effects of the Jewish people that were being eradicated just because the germans didn’t want there to be evidence of what they were doing to these innocent
Then things got worse and Jewish leaders were arrested along with taking away any gold, jewelry, or valuables the Jews owned, and they were made to wear a yellow star. Then the Jews were forced into two ghettos within their village. All the while, Elie and his family as well as many other Jewish families made no attempt to disobey the Germans and Hungarian police. Elie claimed at this time they were living in a state of delusion. Then the Jews were transported to Auschwitz by cattle cars fitting eighty people to each one with little food or water.
Only those who were able-bodied would be allowed to live and be fed. Elie and his father pass the first selection and before they go to the prisoner barracks, they stumble upon the open-pit furnaces where the Nazis are burning babies by the truckload. In camp, Elie and his father, work hard to get almost no food and shelter. Slowly, Elie loses his faith in God and
The Holocaust is the biggest, most well known, genocide known to humankind. Many know about this atrocity, but only those that experienced it first hand can truly understand the true horrors that occurred. Elie Wiesel was one of those unfortunate souls. He was able to tell about his experiences so that the world would be able to see the true pain the jewish people had endured. Elie decided it was his duty to share his experience with the world and he chose to write a book about it.
Night has revealed to me the immensity of the suffering and ruthlessness that Jews were subjected to on daily basis during the holocaust in an emotional and moving first-hand experience. I choose a train, symbol of oppression, to represent the initial separation from a normal life in which everyone inside the crowded train car received, along with a taste of the pain and suffering that was soon to be forced upon them. I choose this quote to show how shocking mentally and physically the transition phase was from a normal life to that of the oppressed and to emphasize how easily he gave up in the beginning. Despite this, he managed to persevere and overcome the enormous challenges of surviving in a concentration camp.
Five years later, the Wiesels and other jews in the city of Sighet were segregated into a closed off subdivision called the ghettos. After being transported to different ghettos throughout towns and cities, they were all forcefully loaded into crowded cattle cars. Traveling through Romania, Hungary, Slovakia, and Poland to get to an unknown destination, in a mobbed train car, with an insufficient amount of food and space, is what the throng of people had to endure if they had any want for survival. Upon arriving at Auschwitz, the throng of Jews were divided by gender. As he watched his mother and three sisters walk away, not knowing if they will ever see each other again, Elie was conflicted with the thoughts of suicide as he sees horrific scenes play out in front of
In this book Elie speaks of his hardships and how he survived the concentration camps. Elie quickly changed into a sorrowful person, but despite that he was determined to stay alive no matter the cost. For instance, during the death
While their dads were telling them not to. During that Elie wanted to help his father to march and not be mocked at or beaten up. The other inmates started to laugh and Elie distinctly remembered “My father had never served in the military and could not march in step. That presented Franek with the opportunity to torment him and, on a daily basis, to thrash him savagely….But my father did not make sufficient progress, and the blows continued to rain on him”(55).The germans was beating up Elie’s dad.
World War II had been raging for two years and was bout to enter Sighet. The Germans attempted to commit genocide on the 'lesser ' races, particularly Jews. Through the brutality witnessed, acts of selfishness, the death of his father, and the loss of his faith, Elie changed. Elie became a young man with a strong sense of mortality through it all. By the end of the war, Elie claimed to see himself as "A corpse contemplating me."
In a span of 10 years, the Holocaust killed over 7 million people, that’s just as much as the population of Hong Kong. In the book Night, by Elie Wiesel, Wiesel shares his experience on how he survived the Holocaust and what he went through. How he dealt with the horrors and even to how he felt of his dad’s death and how he saw himself after it was all over. As he tried to publish it he was constantly turned down due to the fact of how horrid and truful it was. He still tried and tried until it was finally published.