Night By Elie Wiesel Analysis

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Eliezer “Elie” Wiesel, a Jewish writer, professor, political activist, Nobel laureate and Holocaust survivor, acknowledged that “There is so much injustice and suffering crying out for our attention: victims of hunger, of racism, and political persecution, writers and poets, prisoners in so many lands governed by the left and by the right. Human rights are being violated on every continent. More people are oppressed than free.” When the Nazis came to power in Germany in 1933, they believed that the Germans were “racially superior”and that Jews(their biggest enemy) were to be called “inferior.” As the “Final Solution” came, no Jew was safe. The Germans figured every way to get rid of them. One single gunshot wasn't enough. During this…show more content…
He did not think it was real and then realized how much he hated them. Since he knew they were the first oppressor they would encounter. To Wiesel they were the first faces too hell and death. After Wiesel arrived at Auschwitz-Birkenau, he was given a number tattoo on his arm. The SS authorities used tattooing primarily as a means of identification. Since the Jews were forced to have these tattoos, their identity was taken away. Their personal identity that they had developed about themselves that had evolved over the course of their life was gone. Wiesel and the fellow jews were no longer what they used to be. They were stripped of the very last thing they had. After wiesel received the tattoo he admits to his new identity. Wiesel's aspects of his life that he had no control over, such as where he grew up or race, as well as the choices he chose before the holocaust. In fact he states that,“The three "veteran" prisoners, needles in hand, tattooed numbers on our left arms. I became A-7713. From then on, I had no other name.”(pg51)This shows how having the Jews have a tattoo on their arm gave the Germans a way for making Jews less than human.They knew that if they were to be tattooed it would be permanent. Leaving the Jews with a horrible permanent memory to carry for the rest of their lives. After all, now the Jews could all be considered the same. At the beginning of the memoir, Wiesel introduced his life before the

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