The Holocaust Of Auschwitz, Buchenwald, And Treblinka

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Auschwitz, Buchenwald, and Treblinka are just a few of the names that evoke nightmares of the Holocaust. The death and suffering at concentration camps like these were greater than any before endured. Elie Wiesel had been one of the most devout Jewish children prior to the start of the Holocaust. However, the Holocaust created a void in the souls of many of those that survived, one of which was Elie. During his experience in the concentration camps, Elie waited for God to intervene and save his people. When God did not intervene Elie began to doubt God and His mercy. He began to accuse God of cruelty against the Jewish people. After the Holocaust was over, Elie had to reevaluate the role of God in his life. He could be forgiving of God and…show more content…
Although, God did not save Elie and his people from the truth about the rumors. As such, they were carted off to the concentration camps like cattle. In the camps, Elie’s faith was not shaken immediately even though he was quickly exposed to many atrocities. People around him took the evil as a punishment for some unknown crime the Jewish people had committed before God. In the face of all the suffering, Elie noted a feeling of guilt for those in his camps because of how they did not protest and fight back as much as he believed they could have. Others that did not feel as guilty believed that God had a good reason for punishing the Jews. They thought it must be a test, “God is testing us. He wants to find out whether we can dominate our base instincts and kill the Satan within us. We have no right to despair. And if he punishes us relentlessly, it 's a sign that he loves us all the more” (Wiesel, 42). The faith of the Jewish people helped to delay the revolution that might have erupted in the camps. The younger people felt it would be better to die fighting than to go like lambs to the slaughter. They had knives and a strong will. But their elders reminded them, “ ‘You must never lose faith, even when the sword hangs over your head. That 's the teaching of our sages . . .’ ” (Wiesel, 29). The younger people were willing to respect the faith of the elders as long as the elders were willing to accept God 's

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