Connections In The Holocaust Between Elie Wiesel And His Father

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Sometimes the strongest connections in life are formed during the worst circumstances. This is exactly what happened during the Holocaust between Elie Wiesel and his Father. In Night, a memoir written by Elie Wiesel, Wiesel recounts the appalling events him and his father were subject to at the hands of the Nazis. Amidst the atrocities happening around them Wiesel develops a bond with his father he never could have achieved without living through one of the lowest points in the world's history. Although Elie Wiesel's relationship with his father is challenged numerous times due to the atrocious events they were succumbed too, in the end this bond is what maintains Wiesel's will to live. Before the atrocities within the Holocaust take place Wiesel's relationship with his father is distant and cold. Ellie writes “My father wept. It was the first time I had ever seen him weep. I had never imagined that he could”(Wiesel 16). By stating that he couldn't imagine his father cry, it hammers home the idea of how removed Elie was from his father's emotions. There is an emotional disconnect between them; expressing emotion wasn't prevalent. This allows for a harsh contrast to the emotions felt by both Wiesel and his father after they arrive at Auschwitz. When Wiesel describes his father at the beginning of the book he describes him by stating “My father was a cultured, rather unsentimental man. There was never any display of emotion, even at
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