Connections through Experiences

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Light during the day, darkness at night, growth and development, as well as death at the very end of one’s life are all experiences that most human beings will see in their lifetime. Death is one of the most common fears throughout our species. Society has developed medicines, advanced medical procedures, and routines to further one’s health and lifespan all to escape death. When faced with genocide and concentration camps, the Jewish community in various European countries, held on to any hope they could scrounge up despite Nazi Germany’s attempt to diminish all rays of hope. Separating families, taking away basic rights, killing the old, young, sick, and disabled are just the first steps taken by the Nazi’s to confiscate hope from the Jews. Some within the Jewish community saw this as the ultimate test of faith to God, while others saw this as a severe punishment from God himself. Elie’s contemplation and struggles with his religious views are just one example of the variety of perception changes throughout the Jewish community during and after this tragedy. As a nineteen year old female who identifies as a Christian, although Elis’s journey and relationship with God is much different than mine, I can relate to Mr. Wiesel in his struggle with doubt and uncertainty of God’s intentions. I battled severe depression in eighth grade, which is becoming much more common nowadays in young girls desperate to find their place amongst society. I wasn’t extremely religious in those
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