Mayra I. Robles
December 16, 2010
English 11, Lens Essay
The Death of my Innocence
“Night” a World Wide best seller, narrates Elie Wiesel’s experience as a survivor of the Nazi concentration camps. During 1933 Germany was ruled by Adolf Hitler, who belonged to the Nazi party. The Nazi believed the world should be purified by eliminating all races, especially the Jews. Their belief was that the Aryan race was the most pure and that the Jews were a disgrace to humanity. Hitler was in power during World War II; during WWII he built concentration camps where anyone who did not have Aryan traits or was a Jews had to be sent to. Elie Wiesel was born on 1928, in a small town Sighet, Transylvania (now part of Romania). Wiesel was born into a middle class Jew family; Elie and his family were taken to concentration camps during Hitler’s reign of terror, where he lost his innocence, his God and his father.
“The night was gone. The morning star was shining in the sky. I too had become a completely different person. The student of Talmud, the child that I was, had been consumed in flames” (pg. 34). Enduring the first night at camp was the toughest for Wiesel, his denial to belief people were being burned alive led him to think it was all a dream. Unconsciously that night apart of Elie died, the innocent Jew boy that arrived at Auschwitz had die. The power the Nazi’s had gained was being exploited to the maximum at the concentration camps, they were using intimidation and torturing their advantage. Whoever did not obey them or was too weak to keep working was killed on the spot. In a way the Nazis were physically and psychologically torturing the Jews until there was not an inch of desire to live.
The Jews are known to be faithful believers of God and many used their faith as a way to endure the thought life at camp. Their God was their last hope and for many elders losing faith was the lost of their desire to life. After seeing so much brutality and...
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