Night Passage Analysis
This loss of faith is best described by Elie in the “Never shall I forget” passage that is found at the top of page 32 in Night. This passage is placed in the book as Elie is spending his first night in the concentration camp. However, it makes more sense to look at this passage as a testament of Elie’s views after the Holocaust had ended because he is recounting events from his experiences that he will never forget. Some of these events have to do with his faith. Elie states, “Never shall I forget those moments which murdered my God.” (P. 32 M). When he writes this he is reflecting on losing his head faith. For a while, when he did not have ownership of his faith it is like God had been murdered because he did not have any connections or a relationship with him. However, the passage continues and says, “Never shall I forget these things, even if I am condemned to live as long as God Himself.” (P. 32 M). With this statement he obviously is saying that God is alive. The alive is referring to Him living in his heart because Elie never loses his heart faith.
Another statement Elie makes during the “Never shall I forget” passage is “Never shall I forget those flames which consumed my faith forever.” (P. 32 T). Elie Wiessel did not lose his faith during the Holocaust as this quote may suggest. However, an experience like the Holocaust cannot be forgotten and it did affect his faith in God for a while