Loss of Faith and Religion in Ellie Wiesel’s Night

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The Holocaust survivor Abel Herzberg has said, “ There were not six million Jews murdered; there was on murder, six million times.” The Holocaust is one of the most horrific events in the history of mankind, consisting of the genocide of Jews, homosexuals, gypsies, mentally handicapped and many others during World War 2. Adolf Hitler was the leader of Nazi Germany, and his army of Nazis and SS troops carried out the terrible proceedings of the Holocaust. Elie Wiesel is a Jewish survivor of the Nazi death camps, and suffers a relentless “night” of terror and torture in which humans were treated as animals. Wiesel discovers the “Kingdom of Night” (118), in which the history of the Jewish people is altered. This is Wiesel’s “dark time…show more content…
Never. (34) Wiesel claims that his faith is destroyed and denies the existence of God, but also refers to God in the last line. It is clear that Wiesel is struggling with his faith in God. When Wiesel sees the crematory and smells the horrible stench of human flesh he revolts against his faith. This is because he does not believe that if there is a god, such terrible things could happen. He is in disbelief and falters with his religion, “The Almighty, the eternal and terrible Master of the Universe, choose to be silent” (33). Wiesel starts to resent the God that he once was fond of and rebels against his beliefs, “And in spite of myself, a payer formed inside me, a prayer to this god in whom I no longer believed” (91). Wiesel falters back to believing in God to try to control himself, and keep sane. The second example of Wiesel losing his faith is when he arrived at Auschwitz. A prisoner informs him and his dad that they are heading to the crematory, and Wiesel’s father recites the Kaddish, the

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