And The World Kept Silent By Elie Wiesel Analysis
“We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented” (Brozo 979). This quote was said by Elie Wiesel during his acceptance speech of the Nobel Peace Prize. Elie was eloquent about what the world tried to suppress. Wiesel affected society because he wrote and spoke for the surviving and gone, that their stories not be erased, and that the world keep silent no more.
Elie Wiesel, a convict in the Holocaust, weakened physically yet determined emotionally, went on to “provide a sober yet passionate testament of the destruction of European Jewry during World War II” (“Elie Wiesel”). Wiesel was born in Sighet, Romania; He had a family of six, a mother, father, and sisters who were killed during the devastation that is the Holocaust. Sighet, Romania subjoined Hungary in 1940; Germany invaded and took over in 1944. Jews were put into ghettos and their paraphernalia was confiscated (Elie). Terror was …show more content…
France is where he meets Francois Mauriac and is encouraged to write about the holocaust. Wiesel vowed to never talk about what he had been through in Auschwitz, but “at Mauriac’s behest,” he wrote his book, Un Di Velt Hot Geshvign written in Yiddish (Brozo 979). Even in his mother-tongue he has trouble expressing what he felt. He states, “I would pause at every sentence, and start it over again. I would conjure up other verbs, other images, other silent cries. It still was not right” (Wiesel ix). With Mauriac’s help he revised Un Di Velt Hot Geshvign to French, “I also knew that, while I had many things to say, I did not have the words to say them. Painfully aware of my limitations, I watched helplessly as language became an obstacle” (Wiesel ix). Wiesel also wrote stories for a Yiddish newspaper during the time he was in France, and in the Israeli newspaper Yedi’ ot