What Is The Purpose Of The Book Night By Elie Wiesel

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“For the survivor who chooses to testify, it is clear: his duty is to bear witness for the dead and for the living. He has no right to deprive future generations of a past that belongs to our collective memory. To forget would be not only dangerous but offensive; to forget the dead would be akin to killing them a second time” (Wiesel 3). The book "Night" is a memoir written by Holocaust survivor, Elie Wiesel. Elie shares the gruesome experiences that Jews experienced during the early 1900s. Elie was sent to a concentration camp at a young age where he and his father, Shlomo were forced to work while his mother and younger sister were killed. Throughout the memoir, Elie writes about the famine and nasty treatment Jews faced while in concentration …show more content…
“Never shall I forget that night, the first night in camp, that turned my life into one long night seven times sealed. Never shall I forget the small faces of the children whose bodies I saw transformed into smoke under a silent sky. Never shall I forget those flames that consumed my faith forever” (Wiesel). They were forced to see the worst of humanity and what they did not think was possible. In doing so, it became hard to believe that God still existed in a world with so much hate and pain. The Jews often questioned where their god was and why he would allow these acts to continue. Some however believed that their faith was the only thing that they still had. They saw God as their only glimpse of light in a world full of darkness. “Everybody around us was weeping. Someone began to recite Kaddish, the prayer for the dead. I don’t know whether, during the history of the Jewish people, men have ever before recited Kaddish for themselves” (Wiesel 61).” The Jewish people prayed for the loved ones that they had lost and for themselves in hope that they would be able to move on from their pain to a better place. They believed that even in a world with such horrific things happening that God was there watching over them and giving them hope for a better future. Although religion was the reason their pain, many Jews refused to convert and turn their backs on their

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