Elie Wiesel Reflection

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“ It is obvious that the war which Hitler and his accomplices waged was a war not only against Jewish men, women, and children, but also against Jewish religion, Jewish culture, Jewish tradition, therefore Jewish memory” (Weisel viii). In the book Night (1958), the author Elie Wiesel experiences the terrible life of a prisoner in concentration camps. Throughout the war, Elie starts to question God’s reason and is trying to survive until the battle is over. The Jews are treated with inhuman acts by the leaders of the concentration camps, but Eliezer continues to persevere through his strenuous time as a prisoner. Eliezer begins to lose his faith in God when he first arrives at the concentration camp in Auschwitz. After Eliezer arrives in Auschwitz he catches people praying to God: “ For the first time, I felt anger rising within me. Why should I sanctify His name? The Almighty, the eternal and terrible Master of the Universe, chose to be silent. What was there to to thank Him for” (33)? Elie and his father have just been separated from the rest of their family, and are quickly losing the little hope they have that they will be able to get out of there alive. EIie sees a truck full of babies being unloaded and thrown into a fire, and he wonders why God is doing absolutely nothing to stop it. Later in the book on the eve of Rosh Hashanah, “What are You, my God? I thought angrily… Why, but why would I bless him? Every fiber in me rebelled. Because he caused thousands of children to burn in his mass graves (66-67)? In this quote from the book, Eliezer is questioning God and asking him why he should praise him. Elie has lost his faith in the idea that God will save the Jews from their horrible imprisonment. Elie starts to believe that man is stronger and greater than God, and that he is alone in a world without God. Eliezer perseveres throughout his imprisonment, and struggles to stay strong while his dad is getting weaker. During the war, Eliezer and his dad had to travel to different prisons on foot, “The commandant announced that we had already covered 42 miles since we left. It was a long time since we had passed beyond the limits of fatigue. Our legs were moving mechanically. In spite of us, without

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