Survive by Love, Faith and Will

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At the beginning of the 20th century, anti-Semitism became more serious. Germany began to isolate and eliminate Jews. When the Nazi Party, led by Adolf Hitler, comes to power in 1933, he wanted to set up the perfect Nazi state. The Nazis wanted to stamp out any opposition to their rule, so they set up a system of concentration camps, death camps for holding people that they see as “undesirable”. Those “undesirables” were Jews. From 1933 to 1945, about six million Jews are murdered and it is called the Holocaust. The Holocaust is the greatest single case of mass murder in history and is difficult to ignore. After World War II, survivors of the Holocaust told their stories directly or wrote down what happened in the Holocaust. One of the…show more content…
He begins writing to free himself. In short, love is the strongest emotion and it gives people motivation to stay strong. Both Elie and Jakob survive because of the timeless power of love. Faith gives support people in times of difficulties. Life is full of ups and downs, people cannot change the world but they can hold onto their faith to be able to go through bad times. Elie has been a devout Jew since he childhood pass. He is taught that God is everywhere in the world, and that nothing exists without God. After Elie witnesses how Jews are exterminated to Holocaust brutally by Nazis, he loses confidence in God. “Never shall I forget that night, the first night in camp, which has turned my life into one long night, seven times cursed and seven times sealed. Never shall I forget that smoke…Never shall I forget those moments which murdered my God and my soul and turned my dreams to dust. Never shall I forget these things, even if I am condemned to live as long as God Himself. Never” (Wiesel 34). This famous quote shows that Elie’s faith is destroyed. He wants to know why a merciful God could just stand by to see those horrible behaviors happen to His people. But soon Elie embrace to his faith because he can not survive without it. “Behind me, I heard the same man asking: Where is God now? And I heard a voice within me answer him: ... Here He is—He is hanging here on this gallows” (Wiesel 65). When his father is sick, Elie
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