Nazi Death Camps in the Night by Elie Wiesel

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Night is an non fiction, dramatic book that tells the horrors of the nazi death camps all around Europe. The book is an autobiographical account of what happened, so the main character is the author. The author is Elie Wiesel who was only 14 year old when Nazi Germany came through his town of Sighet, Transylvania. This is story is set between the years of 1944 and 1945. Elie and his family of 4 are optimistic when Germany begins to take power. Germany invades Hungary, then arrives in Elie’s town. The Nazi’s begin to take over the Jews by limiting their freedom. Jews are eventually deported. The Jewish people are crowded into wagons where they are shipped to Auschwitz. He is separated from his mother and sister. Over the course of the book,…show more content…
Elie wanted to give up hope, but he knew he couldn't.
Night can relate back to sociology in many different ways. The book is mainly about the Holocaust. The Holocaust can be related back to sociology such as Social Darwinism. Social Darwinism is the theory of evolution that is explored by Charles Darwin. Darwinism uses terms like “survival of the fittest.” That term is applied to society. During World War II, the Nazi’s were in favor of Social Darwinism. They believed that the Jewish people were the inferior group. They believed that the conflict was necessary to remove the weaker people away from the superior Germans. Social Darwinism, in a way, was used when determining who was capable of working and who was going to be sent to the crematory. The Jews went under medical examination before entering the camps, and if a Jew was deemed unable to work, they would be gassed. Women and children were automatically sent to the death chambers. Jewish woman and children, In German eyes, were unable to work. The germans only kept the strongest Jews alive so they could work. Symbolism was sociological aspect of the Holocaust. “The yellow star? Oh well, what of it? You don't die of it." (Wiesel, 1) Elie, and the Jewish people around his town had to wear the Yellow Star Of David. They did this so that the Nazi’s could recognized if they were a Jew, or not. The title of the book “Night,” symbolizes death. Death is cold and dark just like an actual night. It
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