Elie Wiesel Reflection

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Suffering. Pain. Misery. Death. All the negative thoughts in human minds, many that we never want to face. Pain can take a toll on you, physically and mentally. Yet, imagine someone facing those hardships in reality, what if it was reality that we never wanted to face; so we pushed it to its limits? Elie Wiesel was one of the many to face this tragic reality in Auschwitz, in the Concentration Camps, during the Holocaust...The pain of the Holocaust, the suffering of being ripped apart from your loved ones, to the mental and physical scars left by not only the S.S officers; but the horrors seen from the eyes of the purest souls. In the book “Night” by Elie Wiesel, Elie opens up the locked chest in his heart to tell us the horrifying experience that brought many to tears, otherwise known as The Concentration Camps and how it completely transformed Elie into a new person. In the beginning of the book, before the start of all the torture and the departure to the camps, Elie portrays different traits from after the camp’s scar. One of the earliest traits we see Elie exhibit is being a religious and inquisitive young man. Wiesel said “By day I studied Talmud and by night I would run to the synagogue to weep over the destruction of the Temple.” (3) Through his words, you can see that he talks about studying the Talmud, which is a religious text of Judaism. Elie was extremely curious to venture into the mystic world of Kabbalah. Where he could learn about the “Shekinah in Exile” (God.) Only, at that time young boys were not allowed to be so curious in such topics, but Elie persevered through for his faith. Eventually, once everyone heard the one word they all dreaded, “Transports”, Elie showed his responsible side. “Get up, sir, get up! You must ready yourself for the journey. Tomorrow you will be expelled, you and your family, you and all the other Jews.” (Wiesel, 15) Even with his family to take care of, he went around his block to help other families get up and pack for the long journey ahead, to save the other’s lives. Elie wasn’t sure what was coming for him, but he knew he had to stay together. Also, the camp left a mental and physical scar on many of its survivors, during the time of departure to the camps,

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