The Battle Of Normandy And The Liberation Of Europe

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This story focuses on when Nazi Germany invaded Hungary at midnight on March 18, 1944. Few people believed they were in any danger. The night begins with a description of the character Moshe-Shames, the beadle of the town 's synagogue and one of the humblest residents, who vainly warns the inhabitants to flee and escape. While the Allies were preparing for the Battle of Normandy and the liberation of Europe during May and June of that year, Wiesel and his family, together with 15,000 other Jews from Sighet and an additional 18,000 from neighboring villages, were deported by German troops to the concentration camps. Once there, his mother and younger sister were immediately sent to the gas chambers. His other sisters, Hilda and Beatriz, …show more content…
I empathized a lot with those real stories. They seem really hard to believe but they are not even half of what they really went through. Through those years, approximately, 20 million Jews died because of Hitler. The Jews never tried to fight against them because they thought that God will be always with them, and if that was happening, it was because God wanted or because God was letting Hitler kill them for a good reason. An evidence of that thought is this quote at the beginning of the book: “London radio, which we listened to every evening, announced encouraging news: the daily bombings of Germany and Stalingrad, the preparation of the Second Front. And so we, the Jews of Sighet, waited for the better days that surely were soon to come.” In addition to the distance from the fight, the Jews could not imagine that anything of the scale that Hitler threatened was possible. They felt there were too many Jews for him to attempt the things he suggested.
As the German Army troops moved into Sighet, the first changes seemed relatively harmless, so they were accepted without undue alarm. By the time Jews were forced into the trains and moved into ghettos by the Nazis, the Jews knew that they were going to die, and that it was too late to organize any resistance.
But Elie Wiesel thought differently. He was not able to understand why God wanted all this pain, deaths, and catastrophe to the Jewish people. He thought that it does not make sense to praise God, after seeing how

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