How Does Night Affect Elie Wiesel's Life

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During the Holocaust gypsies, homosexuals, and Jews were forced to leave their homes and travel in horrible conditions for either a labor camp or to their deaths. Much of what happened during the Holocaust is still unknown; Night, a memoir that was written by the Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel, shines light on his deeply personal experiences during the Holocaust. Elie Wiesel wrote his memoir, Night, focusing on his life at 15, as he was surviving Auschwitz. Night gives a glimpse into the evils that the Nazis committed on the Jews and also the evils Jews committed on other Jews. Night further describes how these extreme acts altered how Wiesel felt towards his father and himself. In reaction to these severe conditions, Wiesel cared more for his father’s health, than his own well-being. When Elie Wiesel was a child, he and his father were emotionally distant. Wiesel does not feel much love from his father, …show more content…
During the selections, prisoners had to stand in front of Dr. Mengele and get judged on how healthy they looked. If the prisoners passed, they were allowed to live; if not, they were sent to the crematorium or to the gas chambers. Thankfully, Elie Wiesel and his father made it through every selection…except the last. When the Allied front was drawing close, the Nazis decided that they needed to evacuate Auschwitz. The prisoners who would march went to the right, while those who were not selected were sent to the left. Those sent to the left would die. Wiesel went to the right while his father was sent left, so Wiesel “ran after him” (91). Even though Wiesel could have freed himself of his father, he risked his life for his father to bring him to the right. Wiesel’s willingness to risk his life for his father proves that he cared deeply for his father and was devoted to him. This new devotion was even further hastened during the march to

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