Elie Wiesel Reflection

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Elie Wiesel details his experiences being deported to different concentrations camps in the book Night. He lived in Sighet, Transylvania and at the age of 15 he and his family were sent first to two different ghettos and then to the camps. His story is breathtaking and can really teach someone important lessons. In Wiesel's memoir one idea that is presented is that when one questions his faith in God, he begins to lose hope in life. Scary experiences can change a person in lots of ways. SS officers ordered everyone from the ghetto including Elie, his mom dad three sisters into cattle cars 80 per car. Mrs. Schachter in the dead of night screamed at the top of her lungs “Look at the fire! Look at the flames! Flames Everywhere…” (26). People looked in every direction and saw nothing. After Mrs.Schachter screamed about fire a couple times, young men bound and gagged her. They started to strike her and people shouted their approval. Elie still had faith in God but that was before he got off the train and witnessed the fires Mrs.Schachter was talking about. In Auschwitz Elie witnessed kids being thrown into the fires and families being burned alive. “Never shall I forget those moments that murdered my God and my soul that turned my dreams to ashes”(34). When Elie thought he was going to walk into the fire himself this was the first real time he questioned his faith in god and humanity. This moment he began to question and lose hope, which is a bad thing if you are in a

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