Night By Elie Wiesel And A Secret Life

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The Holocaust was the mass murder of millions of Jews and other people which took place in Europe between 1933 and 1945. The book Night by Elie Wiesel, the movie “The boy in the striped pajamas” by Mark Herman, and the article “A Secret Life” by Thomas Harding are based on things that happened during the Holocaust and how it affected the characters in all three works. Silence encourages the tormenter because it empowers the tormenter to continue with injustice activities, yet also endanger the life of innocent human beings. In the book Night by Elie Wiesel, the silence of the people in the town, prisoners and god influenced the Nazi soldiers to be more powerful which lead to injustice and violence activities. When Moishe the Beadle escaped …show more content…
Brigitte Hoss is an eighty one year old woman that lives in Northern Virginia who is the daughter of Rudolf Hoss. After Thomas Harding interviewed her, he tells us that “Brigitte also has a secret that not even her grandchildren know. Her father was Rudolf Hoss, the Kommandant of Auschwitz.” (12) It is unimaginable how a person can keep a secret for that long without telling a lot of people. It proved that she is a strong woman even when she couldn’t express her real feelings. Even though she is the daughter of a Mass murderer, she was still respected by the people at her work and ex- husband because it’s her father’s action that affected her, not her. Thomas Harding also says “Brigitte kept her husband’s last name after they divorced. She doesn’t talk about the past to friends.” (16) It is incredible how ashamed she is of her past because of her father who designed and built Auschwitz. In addition, all these years she was silent about her past and kept that horrible feeling inside where she couldn’t reveal how she felt about anything to anyone. Brigitte also had to keep another family secret in her life. The interviewer Thomas Harding also tells us that “Although Hedwig had played a prominent role in Auschwitz, even appearing as a witness at the Frankfurt Auschwitz trial in 1965,” (16) It is miserable too see that she is down by her parents work since both of her parents played important role during the Holocaust. Overall, it is pretty sad to say that Brigitte had to keep horrifying secrets to herself, which probably caused her a lot of stress. Regardless of the actions her parents took, she still loves them a lot because in her eyes, she sees them as a different person rather than how the world sees

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