The Holocaust in Night by Ellie Wiesel Essay example

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The Holocaust was not only a way for the Nazis to purge the Jews, it was also a movement for a new way of thinking, that as long as the person in front of you holds a military-grade firearm there is nothing you can do to change your fate. In the memoir Night, Elie Wiesel recounts his journey through life in nazi concentration camps. Elie struggles with his faith and morality as he and his father witness the horrors of the Holocaust. Night reveals that it’s in human nature to hope for survival through religion and faith, however it can also fail in the most trying of circumstances when you have to relent to authoritarianism. . Prayer is an essential to any kind of religious faith. Over the years and years of believing in a higher power,…show more content…
In the camps, Elie had decreased his universe of obligation to include only his father and himself. Similarly, in an Electric Shock Therapy Experiment performed by psychologist Stanley Milgram, “about 65% of the people that he studied, who were normal volunteers, actually gave the maximum number of volts”(Milgram). During the experiments the volunteers knew that by flipping the switch in front of them they were hurting the “test subjects”. Instead, they decided that following the orders of their superiors was the easier choice to make, rather than fighting against them. This directly mirrored the situation presented to the nazis during the Holocaust era. The nazis found it much easier to go along with the plans of their superiors even if they knew it was wrong to kill off an entire race. Within human nature there is a want to act against the corruption and evils of society. A human’s moral compass directs each person to fight against what is considered evil and to praise everything that is believed to be good. “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.” (The Devil Came on Horseback). This means that in order for humans to rise above the evils of the world, good men have to take action against those who have committed a wrong. “Not a cry of distress, not a groan, nothing but a mass agony, in silence.”(pg.84). Due to Elie and the other Jews submission to the powerful Nazis, the dehumanization of the Jews remained

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