Elie Wiesel Reflection

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The narrator of “Night,” Elie Wiesel, spent a majority of his time in concentration camps throughout the Holocaust. His main struggle was coping with the experiences he went through and trying to stay alive while in the concentration camps. Throughout his autobiography, Wiesel made evident that his struggles in those camps mostly revolved around death; either the fear of it or witnessing death itself. Furthermore, Elie’s hardships truly began upon arriving at Birkenau, and the memories of the countless tragedies he witnessed probably remained unforgotten until his death. After a long journey spent in cattle cars, Elie Wiesel and his family arrived in Birkenau, part of the Auschwitz concentration camp. Upon entering, Elie’s mother and sisters were forced to the right (with the other women and children). Meanwhile, Elie and his father were moved to the left (with the men). Elie was soon convinced that both himself and his father would be thrown into the crematoriums, where he saw adults, children, and even babies being burned to death. At this point, Elie pinched himself and thought, “Was I still alive? Was I awake? How was it possible that men, women, and children were being burned and that the world kept silent?” (Wiesel 32). Not only did Elie experience all of this so suddenly, but he did not know that the rest of his family would experience similar fates to those being thrown into the flames. After minutes of being in Birkenau, the author already witnessed events he

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