Elie Wiesel : The Survivor Of The Holocaust

2445 WordsJun 19, 201710 Pages
Every single human being, at some point in time, goes through various troublesome experiences, be it a natural disaster, illness, an abusive relationship, a violent incident, or the loss of a loved one. However, some experiences are more devastating than others. Each survivor has his/her way of coping with the trauma and maintaining sanity. Elie Wiesel, one the survivors of the Holocaust, gives us some insight into dealing with extremely difficult experiences. He spent a year imprisoned in the Auschwitz and Buchenwald concentration camps, the same camps where he lost all his family members (Wiesel 15). After his liberation, he moved to France where he learned French and studied Literature, Philosophy, and Psychology. Then, he then worked…show more content…
With regards to the Christian faith, and from a historical point of view, the Jewish people were considered as the chosen people of God. Abraham, who is regarded as the father of Christian faith and to whom God first revealed himself, was a Jew. The ten commandments, which serve as a guide for Christian behavior, were revealed by God to a Jewish man named Moses. Jesus Christ, who Christians recognize as the son of God and God himself, was born among Jews and hence was also a Jew. So, there is a perceived connection between the Jewish people and God. It is very ironical that the “people of God” will suffer such a horrific experience. For those who believe in some form of deity, and most especially for Christians, it seems obvious to ask why God allowed doom to fall on his people. Why do bad things happen to good people? This is a ubiquitous interrogation which generates numerous debates. Let’s consider the story of Jesus Christ, a story filled with many paradoxes. The Jews, who for a very long time awaited the coming of the Messiah, ruthlessly put him to death when he finally came. Even more troubling is the fact that Jesus Christ, who is considered son of God, has also examined God himself. This implies that he had the ability to defeat his oppressors, or even escape from them. Instead, he journeyed innocently towards death, just like the Jews. “They guess where they are going, they know it, and they keep silent. Tense, thoughtful, they
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