Essay on Night, By Elie Wiesel

1094 Words Feb 2nd, 2016 5 Pages
The Holocaust was a horrifying event that involved the murder of over 6,000,000 innocent people. Few people survived this terrorizing event, and those who did live with the memories of pain and suffering. One of these individuals is Elie Wiesel, who wrote the haunting novel, Night. This novel is an account of the horrible events that took place during the Holocaust and how the author, Wiesel, was resilient and able to overcome the overwhelming adversities of dwindling health, his faith in God, death, and the separation from his family.
When Wiesel was loaded on to a cattle car, carrying seventy-nine other people to the German concentration camp of Auschwitz, he had very little knowledge of what he was to encounter. Along with the fear of the unknown, he was about to experience the lowest standard of living that anyone could undergo. During his time at the concentration camps, Wiesel was starved to the point where they would eat the snow off of a man’s shoulder and where they would marvel at the sight of a piece of bread. In the novel he retells the sight of “dozens of starving men fought each other to the death for a few crumbs” (Wiesel 95). Along with starvation, the people in the concentration camps were required to work in deathly conditions such as the frigid weather with nothing but rags of clothing to warm their bodies. Wiesel suffers from the cold weather when he describes the pain he felt, “Toward the middle of January, my right foot began to swell because of…

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