Essay about The Holocaust in Night by Elie Wiesel

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Author: Elie Wiesel

Do you see that chimney over there? See it? Do you see those flames? Over

there- that's where you're going to be taken. That's your grave, over there. Haven't

you realize it yet? You dumb bastards, don't you understand anything? You're

going to be burned. Frizzed away. Turned into ashes.

The Holocaust lasted from 1939-1942. During these tough and traumatic

years Hitler killed over 6,000,000 people, mostly Jews, but the retarded,

homosexual, and handicapped were also murdered. But the Jews did make it

through these rough times. They survived only on courage, dreams, and hope.

Before World War II, Elie Wiesel led an ordinary life for a teenage Jew at

the time. He went to
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Nobody

believed him. The next day the Germans came into town.

Wiesel’s connection with God is very strong at the beginning of the story,

but as the book went on it got weaker and weaker. I think God was testing the

Jews to see that even at the time of true danger if they would stay loyal to him.

One time Wiesel said, "Why, but why should I bless Him? Because he had

thousands of children burned in his pits?...” life must have had been truly terrible

to have said that in the time when God was the one who was most needed.

Life in the Concentration was literally “Hell on Earth”. The Jews were

tortured, whipped, and starved. After babies and others were gassed they were

thrown into the furnaces. They were given lumpy beds to sleep on, their bread

was made of saw dust and flour, they were made to do excruciating work, and they

were sometimes put through tests deciding weather they would live or die. Over

4/5 of the Jews did not survive the camps and some that did survive had mental

problems because of what they had been through. At the end of the war The Jews

went for a Death run, in this run they ran from Auschwitz to Buchenwald. That’s

over 150 miles! Again, few survived.

To survive in the concentration camps you needed every ounce of strength.

Every week in Buna (one of the many concentration camps that Elie
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