Elishe The Beadle

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It all began with a simple Nazi occupation. Locked in a sense of denial to comfort themselves, the Jews didn’t think anything of it until they began to be stripped of their freedoms, one by one. In 1944, the Nazis invaded Sighet, Hungary, where the Jewish citizens would be progressively confined, and eventually brought to the Holocaust concentration camps. These camps were used to carry out one of the main Nazi goals: to eliminate the Jewish “race”. In other words, the Nazis were to attempt a genocide, killing over six million Jews, and anyone else who dared to stand in their way. Elie Wiesel, a Jew who was only 15 at the time, would endure this first hand, and then later recount his experiences to many through his writings and teachings. In…show more content…
Moshe the Beadle is a prime example of this; he was among the first group that was evacuated from Sighet, the group that would be executed in the woods. Moshe narrowly escaped death and saw many people being brutally murdered, and when he came back, Elie was one of the first to notice that he was a different man. Wiesel recounts, “Moshe had changed. There was no longer any joy in his eyes. He no longer sang. He no longer talked to me of God or of the cabbala, but only of what he had seen. People refused not only to believe his stories, but even to listen to them” (Wiesel 5). Wiesel describes this situation with such detail that the reader can imagine the drastic changes to the once happy man- he had gone from a humble, respected person of work to a hollowed out, skittish version of his old self. What he experienced completely deflated his joy in life, and he watched in despair as the Nazi approach became worse. He attempted to warn the citizens of what was to come, only to be cast aside and deemed ludicrous. This shows how although Moshe escaped and was now free, he was not the same person he once was, and would likely never be again. Later in the story, while Elie is in a concentration camp, he…show more content…
He uses imagery to show how the prisoners would never be the same, anaphora to show how they often felt their lives had no meaning, and tone/mood to show how what they went through will always be with them. The Holocaust was a horrible occurrence, one never to be forgotten, especially not by those who experienced it first-hand. The survivors, like Elie Wiesel, may be liberated today, but no amount of freedom can make up for the levels of torture they were forced to endure. They may no longer be prisoners to the Holocaust, but one may say that they are now imprisoned within their own minds, forced to relive everything within their
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