Night by Elie Wiesel Relations to the Holocaust

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Inhumanity can be defined as an act of atrocious cruelty. In my opinion, there is no better explanation for the holocaust. The Holocaust was an extremely demoralizing time for millions of families all over Europe during the period of World War II. Its vast amounts of violence and torture affected not only the people who lived through it, but also affected anyone who were in any way connected to its survivors. These people were lucky to have made it through the horrible times, but now must live with the memories and flashbacks that will haunt them forever. In the memoir Night, Elie Wiesel uses the motifs of loss of faith, death, and loss of innocence to portray to the reader the many overwhelming effects that the Holocaust had on its victims. In times like these, losing hope and faith in God is something that could not be avoided, and so it is a tool that the author uses to display his experiences. Throughout this memoir, Wiesel’s numerous encounters with death frequently cause him to contemplate the importance of being alive. Night represents one individual’s horrifying story and follows him through his loss of innocence and journey to manhood. Wiesel’s work expresses all of his memories and portrays to the reader why devastating times such as these need to be remembered and recognized in order to prevent them from ever taking place again. How is one expected to maintain faith when terrible things are happening to innocent people all around them? This is how many of the Jews had felt during the times of the Holocaust. In many instances throughout this memoir, Wiesel is forced to question the existence of God and his authority. He does so when he says, “For God’s sake, where is God?” (Page 65). Many Holocaust victims were forced to lose trust in God throughout their countless disturbing experiences. “... there was no longer any reason for me to fast. I no longer accepted God’s silence.” (Page 69). Ellie Wiesel talks about fasting in the Auschwitz concentration...
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