The Consequential Concerto
“Without Freedom of Thought, there can be no such Thing as Wisdom; and no such Thing as publick Liberty, without Freedom of Speech… And this is the only Check it ought to suffer, and the only Bounds it ought to know,” Benjamin Franklin (Benjamin Franklin, Silence Dogwood, No. 8). Throughout the course of human history, clans of people have turned against another from a mere bigoted belief. This usually constitutes physical abuse, humiliation, death, and perhaps most importantly, denying self expression. Two instances of these groups being denied self expression would be the Jews of the Holocaust and the LGBTQ+ community. Although though LGBTQ+ members today do not suffer even a fraction of what Holocaust victims…show more content…
This was a direct contradiction to article 19 as the Nazi’s forced the Jews into a tranced state of internal affliction . In the same light, Elie yet again questioned his own mental and emotional foundation when he stated, “Blessed be God 's name? Why… would I bless Him? Every fiber in me rebelled… Because in His great might, He had created… factories of death? How could I say to Him: Blessed be Thou… who chose us among all nations to be tortured day and night, to end up in the furnaces?”(Wiesel 33). This excerpt illustrates how the Nazi’s use of death camps indirectly smothered Elie’s humanity and moral psyche. By eradicating so many people of his affiliation and restricting his religious practice, the Nazi’s destroyed all humanity left in Elie Wiesel.
Equally important would not only be Elie’s experiences during Night, but also a minor character’s experiences, Juliek. Juliek was a magnificent violin player as well as Elie’s friend during his incarceration in the music block of Buna. Juliek was fond of playing an unnamed concerto by Beethoven however, during his imprisonment in Buna, he was punished for performing this because the Nazi’s proclaimed Jews were below people of German descent (Wiesel 49). Beethoven was German. Juliek’s emotional outlet and form of expression was music, so by restricting what he could play, the Nazi’s took his morale while simultaneously breaking article 19. This was depicted in Night: