Survival (on the Book Night) Essay

1236 Words Sep 28th, 1999 5 Pages
The book Night is about the holocaust as experienced by Elie Weisel from inside the concentration camps. During World War II millions of innocent Jews were taken from their homes to concentration camps, resulting in the deaths of 6 million people. There were many methods of survival for the prisoners of the holocaust during World War II. In the book Night, there were three main modes of survival, faith, family, and food. From the examples in the book Night, faith proved to be the most successful in helping people survive the holocaust. While obtaining food seemed to be the entire purpose of life for the people imprisoned in the camps, it often killed more people than it saved. Though focusing on food seemed like a logical …show more content…
Wild beasts of prey, with animal hatred in their eyes; an extraordinary vitality had seized then, sharpening their teeth and nails” (Weisel, 95). Clearly, food as a method survival wasn’t a particularly effective way to stay alive. It tended to kill only those who used it as an attempt to stay alive. Fighting for food did not help save very many lives during the holocaust because it all wound down to simply being selfish, and caring only about yourself, though some people chose not to succumb to greed. Many people struggled for months or even years, to stay with their family, and to help each other through the holocaust. Attempting to stay with family members proved only to become a huge burden in the end. Though good in theory, sticking together with family only formed unwanted dependencies and burdens, and often resulted in loss of faith, broken hearts, and death. During his time in the concentration camps, Elie saw many people give up on their families, Rabbi Eliahou and his son were one exmple. While running to s different camp, the Rabbi’s son deliberately ran ahead of his father, in an attempt to lose him in the crowd. Elie knew that the Rabbi’s son had seen his father limping toward the back of the column, but still continued forward, letting the distance between them grow. When Elie saw the Rabbi being abandoned by his own son, he swore he would never do that to his father. “My God, Lord of
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