The Burial Rights Of The Dead

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“We started to march once more. The dead remained in the yard, under the snow without even a marker, like fallen guards. No one recited Kaddish over them. Sons abandoned the remains of their fathers without a tear” (Wiesel 92). 1. Wiesel writes about his departure from the factory where he and the other prisoners found rest after their 20 km walk from the Buna camp the night before. He describes how those who had fallen asleep in the snow and had never woken up were left behind without a care. 2. Wiesel says that those who had died at the factory were left behind, buried by the snow, with no indication of who they were or why they were there. The proper burial rights were not given to the dead, who were wholly abandoned by humanity, even by their own family. 3. After enduring weeks, months, or even years on end of torturous conditions and oppressive abuse at the hands of the Germans, dying and being forgotten, left with no grave, or at best, an unmarked one, is an insult to the prisoners and victims of the Holocaust. Yet, that is what almost every single victim of the genocide called “World War II” is forced to endure, despite everything that they have previously suffered. What the author is trying to accomplish with this passage is to make the reader realize this horrible fact. In addition, the author wants the reader to realize the complete metamorphosis that prisoners went through by being in the camps – when Wiesel writes, “Sons abandoned the remains of their fathers

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