Death Camp By Elie Wiesel Essay

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Keeping the torch lit A memory is usually something that impacts the life of someone so much it leaves a part behind that can 't be forgotten. Memories can bring back positive times, but also all the frightful, things that changed life without warning. The Holocaust is an event in history that has affected so many people, ending up affecting history itself. Not only does this catastrophe bring back horrible memories for people, but also a haunting thought about the future and this happening again. A survivor and Nobel peace winner, Elie Wiesel, brought his story to the hearts of many, teaching and inspiring the youth about his past. Wiesel and his family were taken to Auschwitz concentration camp with millions of other Jews. …show more content…
This was Wiesel 's first time back at Auschwitz after the liberation. As Wiesel said in the interview of, "Death Camp" by Oprah Winfrey, "It 's my first time back and my last time. I won 't be able to return again. It 's too much pain." Going back to the camp brought Wiesel many images to mind of horrible incidents that happened there. Watching the video and seeing Wiesel himself, felt odd because it no longer felt as fictional book, but a story filled with emotions and seeing him proved it all real. The death camp was filled with suffering spirits, having death written all over it. Seeing the video brought a furious feeling to mind, because it felt awful for someone to be treated this way and no one being able to stop this. In the interview Wiesel and Oprah went through a museum made in honor of the Holocaust, making it was a bittersweet moment. It felt satisfying for all these items being recovered and now stored, but lament full about the memory of disaster and injustice taken place. The most ghastly thing was, the amount of hair that was shaved off the Jews being 64 miles long. This was only the amount found after the liberation, it wasn 't all of it. Back then, they traded the hair for the prisoners ' uniform, this way no money …show more content…
Many people know about the Holocaust and the tragic concentration camps, but never think about the world outside the bars. People still lived and did their everyday jobs trying to ignore the fact that millions of Jews were being killed for no reason. One survivor from the article, "Decades after Auschwitz, past horrors haunt a Polish town" noted, "Everyone sat in their homes in silence, windows shut as tightly as possible. Of course people knew what was going on." This shows the life of terrified families who couldn 't feel safe or free. At this time neither of those were an option. The direction this article is trying to show the reader is the perspective from the outside of the camps and how life still went on. The obligation to the reader is to learn from the mistakes and not let this happen again. This generation needs to talk to others about this devastation because it 's not something to dismiss from

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