Elie Wiesel’s horrid experiences
Elie Wiesel was born into a very religious family, who had a strong belief in God. Wiesel studied Jewish oral law. “Elie Wiesel suggests that one of the great psychological and moral tragedies of the holocaust is not just the death of faith in God but also the death of faith in humankind.” (Wiesel section 2) Wiesel loses his faith in God throughout the memoir Night by the experiences he stumbles upon on the Nazi concentration camps. After seeing the gruesome scenes at Birkenau, Wiesel’s horrid experiences lead him to lose faith in God.
Wiesel’s loss of faith in God begins at Auschwitz. When he first sees the furnace pits in which the Nazis are burning babies, he experiences the beginnings of disbelief: “Why should I bless His name? What had I to thank him for?” (Wiesel section 3) Wiesel still in disbelief after what he had seen ran to his father to tell him about what he had just witnessed. Elie explained to his father that humanity would never tolerate such an atrocity and his father replied that humanity is nonexistent in the world of the crematoria.
Elie looses hope of faith the moment he was forced out of their homes, not knowing in what direction they were heading. When they reached their destination a group of cattle wagons awaited them. There were eighty people per wagon and there was barely any food or water to survive. Since there was barely any food the prisoners and Elie were forced to fight for their food and life’s. The Jews were tormented, and were put under horrible circumstances. The heat was severe and there was hardly any oxygen to breath. These made Elie impatient and doubt his faith in God and humankind.
Wiesel starts to wonder how God could be present in a world with such cruelty. He experienced a disturbing scene of a child being hung. After that Elie finally then came to a conclusion that “God must not exist in a world where an innocent child can be hanged on the gallows.” (Wiesel section 4)... [continues]
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