The Holocaust During World War II

1920 Words May 2nd, 2016 8 Pages
In his novel, Night, Elie Wiesel recounts the horrific experiences that he faced as a survivor of the Holocaust during World War II. The following passage presents the impossible struggle to maintain a decent quality of life in the face of war:
We received no food. We lived on snow; it took the place of bread. The days resembled nights, and the nights left in our souls the dregs of their darkness. The train rolled slowly, often halted for a few hours, and continued. It never stopped snowing. We remained lying on the floor for days and nights, one on top of the other, never uttering a word. We were nothing but frozen bodies. Our eyes closed, we merely waited for the next stop, to unload our dead. (100)
As indicated in the quotation, Elie Wiesel is recalling his transport to the concentration camp of Buchenwald. They were packed tightly into cattle cars and given no food or water for multiple days at a time. This, along with other dehumanizing acts by the Nazis, represents the quality of life for all Holocaust victims. Although conditions varied from camp to camp, the astounding evidence found in literature reveals that every person touched by the evils of Nazi Germany was affected in a negative, horrific way. In the overall face of war, the quality of life is universally degrading to the entire human race in all aspects (on and off the battlefield) which can be traced thematically through related literature. War is an inevitable aspect of human nature, considering…
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