Elie Wiesel 's Night And Maus Essay

1118 Words Apr 14th, 2016 5 Pages
Many centuries ago, Marcus Tullius Cicero, a roman philosopher, emphasized that “The life of the dead is placed in the memory of the living”, revealing just how important memory is. In Night, by Elie Wiesel, and Maus, by Art Spiegelman, memory serves a very important purpose in telling the stories of the Holocaust. Memory is an innate human ability that provides for a plethora of uses. It is extremely useful in genocide, which is the deliberate killing of a large group of people, especially people of a specific ethnic group. When this occurs, the culture and identity of that ethnicity is put in danger of being lost forever. Memory serves in preserving these important cultural ideas and identities. The Holocaust stories of Night and Maus show how, with genocide, memory is vital in accurately educating the common people about the events that occurred, and allowing society to better understand what those who suffered went through.
Elie Wiesel provides a unique perspective on Holocaust suffering, and by sharing his story with the world, he spreads knowledge of what occurred so it will not be repeated, and allows people to understand Shlomo’s perspective. Elie’s town of Sighet was sheltered from anti-semitism for most of the war. They were unaware of what was occurring in other parts of Europe and were not taken until the early 1940’s. They were completely oblivious, and even when, “the Fascists were already in power... the Jews of Sighet were still smiling” (Wiesel 10). Until…

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