Night, By Elie Wiesel Essay

1582 Words 7 Pages
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, because “[his] father was a cultured, rather unsentimental man. There was never any display of emotion, even at home. He was more concerned with others than with his own family” (Wiesel 2). Wiesel’s father would listen to the Jewish community’s public and private matters, which made him well known in their town, Sighet. The only thing that made Wiesel close with his father was the fact that they were both religious. Wiesel was extraordinarily faithful to God; he describes that he “believed profoundly” (Wiesel 1). As a profoundly religious Jew, Wiesel wanted to study the…

Related Documents