The Signifance of the Pipel's Hanging in Night

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The Signifance of the Pipel's Hanging in Night

By | May 2007
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Night is a memoir written by Elie Wiesel about the suffering of the Jews during the Holocaust. Elie Wiesel had been to many camps and witnessed many brutal beatings and hangings. There is an extremely intense moment in Night, where a young, a pipel gets hanged along with two other men. The two men's hangings did not affect Elie in any way, but the child's hanging affected not only Elie but many others. Elie watched this young boy struggle between life and death. The pipel's hanging pained Elie so much, because he knew he couldn't rescue him.

Elie Wiesel is extremely young to have witnessed all the atrocious things he had seen at all the concentration camps. After a while Elie got used to seeing these horrible things done to people. Usually Elie witnessed hangings and beatings. These things were done publicly, so the prisoner would be made an example of. At every hanging or beating, no one in the audience sheds a tear, nor does a single victim ever weep.

Nothing never really surprised Elie, because he knew anything could happen at the spur of the moment. At camp Buna, on this particular day all the workers were coming from work, as they noticed three gallows, and three black ravens. Three prisoners were in chains, the pipel was standing in between the two other prisoners. All eyes were on the child, as he was biting his lip. Nobody expected something as cruel as this, since all the workers for once had a decent day. As the prisoners stepped on to the chairs, and the gallows were placed around there necks, the two adults died instantly, but the child was still alive suffering.

Although the prisoners were jaded by the death of the two adults, but the whole congregation wept as they watched the child strangle on the end of the noose. "For God's sake, where is God?" And from within me, I heard a voice answer. "Where he is? This is where hanging here from this gallows…" (65). Elie and many others wondered how God can be present in a world with such cruelty. Elie...
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