Night by Elie Wiesel Essay

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Night by Elie Wiesel

Nobody wants to read such a morbid book as Night. There isn’t anybody (other than the Nazis and Neo-Nazis) who enjoys reading about things like the tortures, the starvation, and the beatings that people went through in the concentration camps. Night is a horrible tale of murder and of man’s inhumanity towards man. We must, however, read these kinds of books regardless. It is an indefinitely depressing subject, but because of its truthfulness and genuine historic value, it is a story that we must learn, simply because it is important never to forget. As Robert McAfee Brown states in the preface of the memoir “the world has had to hear a story it would have preferred not to hear- the story of how a cultured people
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This warning too, goes unnoticed. Even when they are already in the Ghetto, they are naive enough to consider the Germans to be polite, especially after one of them buys Madame Kahn, one of the neighbors, a box of chocolates. Before it is too late, Maria, the Wiesel’s Christian servant pleads with them to leave the unguarded Ghetto and seek refuge in her home. Elie’s father refuses. Finally, on the morning of deportation, an empathetic Hungarian police officer, tries knocking on one of the windows of the Wiesel’s home that faced the outside of the Ghetto to inform them that danger was approaching and to offer help. By then, however, everyone is too scared to open the window and this warning again goes by unnoticed. Already on the train to Auschwitz, Madame Schächter cries hysterically about a “Fire! A terrible fire!” referring, of course, to the crematory ovens, but everyone simply tries to quiet her down, believing she is delirious and that there is no such thing. Even at the camp itself, Elie has an opportunity to save himself along with his father. He does not, however, know this at the time. Elie had been taken to the SS hospital to relieve the pus-filled swelling in the sole of his foot. The doctor told Elie that he needed to stay at the infirmary to rest for a fortnight. Just a couple of days afterward though, the Germans, seeing the Russian army too close to the camp,

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