More than six million Jews were killed in World War II, with over two million of those killed, being children. The Jews were targeted in a mass genocide by the Nazis’, who ultimately were defeated, but not because of what they were doing to the Jews but because the allied forces were able to stop the Germans military advance. Elie Wiesel, author of Night, a biographical account of the Holocaust, does a skillful job in his narrative, showing us how hard it was for people to grasp the unbelievable possibility of what the Nazis were doing to the Jews. We have to regularly remind ourselves of the atrocities committed during the Holocaust so that we are never lulled into believing that people couldn’t do something so horrific to other humans again.
Moshe the Beadle was introduced at the very start of the book as a true man of God; he truly cared about his fellow human beings. One day the Hungarian police rounded up all the foreign Jews from the town Elie lived in, and took them away, Moshe was one of them. People were disturbed by this event, but after a few months passed the Jews had put it out of their mind and their lives returned to normal. One day Moshe returned, telling an unbelievable story of how the Gestapo (The German secret Police) unloaded all of the Jewish passengers they had taken and forced them to dig a pit, their own grave, where they would be buried after they had been executed. Moshe told the story of how “Babies were thrown into the air and machine gunners used them as target’s. “ (P.4) yet no one would believe him. Moshe had been wounded and mistaken for dead and had miraculously escaped. He spent the next several months, while returning to their town, stopping at one Jewish house after another, trying to warn them with his unbelievably disturbing story. “Jews, listen to me. It’s all I ask of you. I don’t want money or pity. Only listen to me,”(P.5) he begged. Nobody believed him, “they take me for a mad man.”...
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