The Holocaust 's Night By Elie Wiesel

1361 Words Mar 9th, 2016 6 Pages
It caused a lack of trust. It separated friends. It brought families closer. The Holocaust forced family members to hold on to each other and trust each other. “In 1933, the Jewish population of Europe stood at over nine million [...] By 1945, the Germans and their collaborators killed nearly two out of every three European Jews as part of the ‘Final Solution,’ the Nazi policy to murder the Jews of Europe” (Introduction to the Holocaust). Night is a memoir written by Elie Wiesel, a Holocaust survivor. Elie Wiesel’s Night describes that father and son relationships, and loyalty changes through acts of inhumanity.
Elie Wiesel did not feel very connected to his father in the beginning of the memoir. In 1941, at the age of thirteen, Elie Wiesel was immensely religious and studied Talmud every day. He asked his father if he could find someone who would mentor him in his studies of Kabbalah. Elie’s father responded to him by saying, “You are too young for that. Maimonides tells us that one must be thirty before venturing into the world of mysticism, a world fraught with peril. First you must study the basic subjects, those you are able to comprehend” (Wiesel 4). Elie wanted to be a Kabbalist, but his father did not even want him to study Kabbalah. Elie’s father thought, according to Maimonides, that he was too young to learn about Kabbalah and disapproved of his choice to study Talmud. Elie’s father was not very caring, even towards his own family. He is described as:
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