Elie Wiesel Holocaust Survivor Essay

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Elie Wiesel Holocaust Survivor

As war broke out in Europe during 1939, no one could either imagine or believe the terror that Adolf Hitler would soon bring to the lives of Jewish people. Drawing from his paranoia and a drive for a world Nazi power, Hitler singled out the Jews as the cause for problems in Germany and began to carry out his plan for the destruction of a part of humanity. Hitler not only persecuted the Jews of Germany, but he also targeted the Jews in Poland and other parts of Europe, such as Transylvania, which was the home of Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel.

Breaking his self-imposed vow of silence in 1958, Elie Wiesel published Night which details his horrific experiences at the Auschwitz, Buna, and Buchenwald
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Moesh solemnly told Elie of what really went on in Galicia; after exiting the trains, the Jews were forced to dig massive graves and then wait in line to be murdered. Even children were tossed into the air as prey for the guards machine guns. Moesh had escaped only because he was injured and presumed dead.

During the following days and nights, Moesh spread his story throughout the community in an effort to warn his people of the impending terror, but no one believed him. Some said, "He's just trying to make us pity him. What an imagination he has."2 Many people thought Moesh had just simply gone mad, and even Wiesel denied the stories of his friend.

The Jews not only denied the warnings of Moesh, but also disbelieved that Hitler planned to exterminate them. Wiesel summarized the general feeling of the community by stating, "Could he exterminate a population scattered throughout so many countries? So many millions! What methods could he use? And in the middle of the twentieth century!"3 Other reports indicate that the Jews did not believe that Hitler's attempted genocide was occurring. Newspaper articles about the murders were shrugged off as panic inducers because killing such large numbers was incomprehensible; many believed that the deportees were sent away to do agricultural work, but they would soon learn otherwise.4

As Passover arrived in Wiesel neighborhood so did the Hungarian police, forcing Jews to turn over their
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