Night Reflection Paper

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The Holocaust, lasting from 1933 to 1945, was a period of time when German Nazis sent Jews, Gypsies, and others ostracized by the Nazis to concentration camps. They were sent to die, and in turn the prisoners got their identity stripped from them. Elie Wiesel, a survivor of the Holocaust was 15 when his town was relocated to the camp Auschwitz. For 11 months, Elie moved from one camp to the next, escaping Death with the skin of his teeth each time. After being liberated in April 1945, Elie went on to write books about his experience, and to even win a Nobel Peace Prize in 1986. In Elie’s book Night, he writes about his identity being stripped from himself by the SS officers working in the concentration camps. Right from the first few days at camp, Elie witnessed how SS officers decided who got to live and die merely by the smallest discrepancy in their posture, whether it was a quivering finger on the trigger, or the brisk flick of a baton, telling prisoners which side of a forked path to follow; one leading to the crematorium. With his father, Elie met Dr. Mengele at the center of a crossroad; “he was holding a conductor’s baton and was surrounded by officers. The baton was moving constantly, sometimes to the right, sometimes to the left” (Wiesel 31). Dr. Mengele got to choose life or death of the prisoners merely by his own preference, making the prisoners seem nothing more than play-pretend dolls or wide-eyed pigs on their way to the slaughterhouse. After being assigned

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