Night Reflection

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The world will always remember the Holocaust and the deaths resulting from the Nazi concentration camps. Jews and other prisoners were subject to torture, starvation, and murder while most of the world was unaware of these events. In Elie Wiesel’s memoir, Night, he ensures that no one forgets the genocide of the Jews by explaining how they lost their faith in God, experienced brutality, and became selfish in order to survive. In particular, Wiesel demonstrates in his writing how the Jews’ faith is quickly diminishing. For example, a young boy in the concentration camp was hung but, since he was too light, he was left to suffocate for a half hour instead of having his spinal cord severed immediately. A woman behind Wiesel asked, “‘For God’s sake, where is God?’ and from within [him, he] heard a voice answer: ‘Where He is? This is where - hanging here from these gallows’” (65). Watching the death of a young, innocent boy causes the Jews to seriously question God’s existence. The conditions of the camp allowed the faith of the Jews to dwindle because they had experienced an extreme amount of torture and if God was real, He would have stopped it. In addition, Elie Wiesel met an old, Polish Rabbi who worshipped God endlessly. One day, the Rabbi said, “It’s over. God is no longer with us’” (76). This man is supposed to be one of the most faithful Jews due to his position but he can not believe in God’s existence anymore. The Jews had suffered drastically in the concentration

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