Response To The Holocaust In Night By Elie Wiesel

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It is a tragedy that the terror and destruction of the Holocaust could have been avoided if the warnings were taken seriously. In Night, by Elie Wiesel, Moshe the Beetle tries to inform the community of his experience, but they do not adhere to his warnings. Similarly, my great-grandmother also sailed across the Atlantic, to warn her relatives. She informed them of the possible danger, but they too did not listen. Likewise, Jan Karski also saw the danger and tried to warn the allied leaders of the upcoming threat. In all three stories, warnings were given and then rejected. This essay will discuss responses to the Holocaust, by examining warnings regarding community members, family members, and Righteous Amongst the Nations. From the very beginning of Hitler’s rise to power, his ultimate goal, was evident in Mein Kampf and threats against Jews should always be taken seriously.

In the novel Night, by Elie Wiesel, Moshe the Beedle tried to warn the small town of Sighet, Transylvania. Moshe lived in Sighet and although he was a poor man, many Jews in this small community were fond of him. He had a close relationship with Elie and they would often study Torah together. While praying, Moshe revealed that he prays to God for “the strength to ask Him real questions” (5). Sadly, one day a German proclamation was made that all foreign Jews would be expelled from Sighet. Moshe was forced to leave, but the community moved on without him. A while later, Elie saw Moshe sitting outside
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