Violence In Elie Wiesel's Night

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How many of the deaths in the Holocaust were because of individuals speaking out at officials? During the Holocaust, the Nazi police would hurt anyone who spoke out at them. Night follows the journey of Elie Wiesel and his family in the different concentration camps during World War II. Elie guides us through the horrors of the concentration camps and the horrific actions carried out by Nazi officers. Maus tells the life story of Vladek Spiegelman’s life before going to the concentration camp through his son, Art Spiegelman. In the graphic novel Maus and the memoir Night, when people speak out, it leads to violence. In the memoir Night written by Elie Wiesel, speaking out at the Nazi officer's leads to violence. Even when you ask for something very nice and respectable the Nazi officers will punish and harm you to get in your heads. They also do this to scare the…show more content…
First, Elie’s dad gets beaten up by asking where the bathroom by a SS officer. My father, “ suddenly had a colic attack. He got up and asked politely in German, ‘ Excuse me … Could you tell me where the toilets are located?’. The Gypsy stared at him for a long time, from head to toe. Then he slapped my father with such force that he fell down and then crawled back to his place on all fours” (Wiesel 39). Elie’s dad was struck even though he asked to go to the bathroom politely. The Gypsy officer did this just to intimidate the prisoners of the concentration camps. Next, the SS officers show that there is no mercy in the concentration camps. He was about to signal, “his aides to pull the chair from under the young man’s feet when the latter shouted, in a
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