Elie Wiesel Night Reflection

1035 WordsNov 13, 20175 Pages
The Holocaust is known for its vast dehumanization; nevertheless, history does not acknowledge the faith destroyed as a result. Elie Wiesel, a Nobel Peace Prize winner and author of the memoir Night, recounts his experiences telling his own story of faith being taken away from him. Wiesel, like many other Jews of this time, was taken from his home to Nazi-controlled concentration camps. Before his deportation, Wiesel’s faith used to be an eminent aspect of his life, describing himself as a child of the Talmud; however, the camps, Auschwitz, Buna, Gleiwitz, and Buchenwald, shatter all of his remaining faith. Wiesel’s writing conveys the idea that the less one is respected like a human being, the less one sees themselves and others as a…show more content…
The experiences of Moshe foreshadow the way that the concentration camps will affect Wiesel and his future. Wiesel’s first major rebellion against his god transpires after he and his father are at Auschwitz, but his angst towards Him only gets stronger with time. After the veteran prisoners reveal the likely fate of ending up in the crematories Wiesel’s father whispers, “May His Name be blessed and magnified…” (Wiesel 31). As a retort, Wiesel thinks, “For the first time, I felt revolt rise up in me. Why should I bless His name? The Eternal, Lord of the Universe, the All-Powerful and Terrible, was silent. What had I to thank him for?” (31). Him revolting towards his god reveals how he is beginning to doubt his faith and His power. Wiesel reflects on his first night writing… Never shall I forget that night, the first night in camp, that turned my life into one long night seven times sealed. Never shall I forget that smoke. Never shall I forget the small faces of the children whose bodies I saw transformed into smoke under a silent sky. Never shall I forget those flames that consumed my faith forever. Never shall I forget the nocturnal silence that deprived me for all eternity of the desire to live. Never shall I forget those moments that murdered my God and my soul and turned my dreams to ashes. Never shall I forget those things, even if I am condemned to live as long as God Himself. Never. (32) Wiesel describes him and the other
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