AtchleyHonors English II (4th)
The Demise of a Man’s Once Fortified Faith
During the Holocaust, several Jewish communities were invaded by German forces. These communities were shattered. The towns were safely settled one day. The next day they were being deported to concentration camps such as Auschwitz and Buchenwald. In 1944, this is precisely what occurred to the community of Jews in Sighet, Transylvania, including a boy named Elie Wiesel. Wiesel depicts the story of his time during the Holocaust in his novel, Night. In Night, Elie was taken from everything he knew, his home, his family, his friends, and his spiritual mentor. The time spent at the camps transformed him into someone he could not recognize. He lost his family by both emotional and physical separation. The faith Elie once had in humanity, God, and himself slowly slipped through his thin fingers as time passed in the camps, and Elie would never be the same. Elie lost his faith in humanity when he arrived in Auschwitz. A man told him, “You are in Auschwitz…work or the crematorium, the choice is yours”(Wiesel 38-39). However, the choice was not his. Men from a society that displayed nothing but pure hatred towards the Jews chose their fate for them. Their fate was life or death, work or the crematorium. Elie did not understand how the rest of the world could be aware of the massacre of the Jewish population and allow it to continue. Elie saw things he would give anything to forget. “Not far from us, flames, huge flames…children being thrown into the flames”(Wiesel 32). These experiences made forgiving mankind impossible. Elie came to the disheartening conclusion that the craven world would not try to spare them. Elie saw many horrific scenes that immediately caused him to question his God’s character and his faith in God. Having to view babies being thrown into a ditch burning like waste and a child hung, still gasping for his last breaths were the things that...
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