Elie Wiesel Reflection

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Night by Elie Wiesel is a memoir about the Holocaust, that goes through step by step of the traumatic experiences of Elie Wiesel’s life. Holocaust is a word meaning to sacrifice by fire. It started when the Nazis came to power in january 1933. The Holocaust was a gruesome, brutal, and vicious state-sponsored oppression and killing of six million Jews by the Nazi regime. The Nazis, believed they were rationally superior and the Jews were inferior which cause the murder of millions of people. Since Wiesel’s experiences in the Holocaust were unimaginable, Elie lost his faith in God, himself, and humanity all together.
As elie grew up in jewish household and followed the jewish beliefs, he thought God would always be there and help him if he was ever in need. There were many times during Wiesel’s life where he started to lose faith because of how awful the Holocaust was. For example, “Never shall I forget that 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 should 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 were I condemned to live as long as God himself. Never.” (34) Since his experiences had already been so horrific and horrendous, he had started to lose his faith in God because he felt as if God had left him stranded in the time Elie needed him most. Also when they entered Birkenau and began to realize the horrors that were around them, Elie begins to lose his unconditional devotion 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 thank Him for?” (33) In this moment Wiesel asked why should he praise God when God was silent when Elie needed him the most. Throughout most of the holocaust, God was silent, and that led to Wiesel losing his faith.
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