Topics: Elie Wiesel, The Holocaust, Nazi Germany Pages: 2 (822 words) Published: April 30, 2013

“You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; of a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty” - Mohandas Gandhi. This means that just because a few people are bad doesn’t mean everyone is bad. The critical lens is invalid in this particular situation. The Holocaust killed 11 million people as a result of one man’s hate. Thus, Gandhi’s quote is incorrect. One ‘dirty’ drop (Hitler) in the ocean caused it to become dirty. People died senselessly. This is supported in the novel Night by Elie Wiesel and the documentary One Survivor Remembers by Gerda Weissmans. The novel Night and the documentary One Survivor Remembers does not support the critical lens due to numerous examples of German inhumanity; such as denying them their rights, abusing them on the train, and breaking up their families.

The critical lens does not support the belief in humanity nor does the novel Night. The author, Elie Wiesssel, lost some of his belief in humanity when he saw children getting killed. “Babies! Yes, I saw it- saw it with my own eyes… those children in the flames. ( Is it surprising that I could not sleep after that? Sleep fled from my eyes.)” (30) Many people saw these inhumane acts done by the Germans. One of the many settings of Night, one takes place outside in the freezing cold. Many of the prisoners, excluding the ill, had to walk and run all the way to their new camp, Gleiwitzs. If they fell or stopped, they got shot. The SS does not care if they are tired, they get shot either way,. It’s inhumane to just shoot people because the prisoners did things they didn’t approve of. Another way the critical lens is invalid is shown on New Years day when the SS gave the Jews a “present”, a selection, They couldn’t leave them alone for one day. “Whenever he found a weak one, a musulman as we called them, he would write his number down: good for the crematory.” (60) As one can see from the above examples Gandhi’s quotes is incorrect....
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