Eliezer Wiesel's Night

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Elie Wiesel’s Night presents a portrait of the harrowing realities of war as experienced by a young Jewish boy who’s hopes of a peaceful and fulfilling life are shattered when Nazi’s invade his town and send him and his family to Auschwitz, a concentration camp. Once in awe of religion and the practices of religion, Eliezer finds himself tormented at the thought of God. Eliezer even makes the accusation, that of all the deaths caused in the Holocaust, the most painful to witness, was the death of God. The harrowing realities of death and suffering linger around Eliezer as he attempts to find a semblance of sanity and hope. Eliezer professes, “Never shall I forget that night, the first night in camp, which has turned my life into one long night, …show more content…
His father was a highly respected figure in their Jewish community. Eliezer was a student of the Talmud, the oral Jewish law, and Kabbalah, Jewish mysticism, a rather advanced subject for a child his age. Eliezer was a peculiar child, especially in the eyes of his father. Eliezer goes under the wing of Moshe the Beadle, the local pauper. Not long after, the Hungarian government exiles all foreign-born Jews. Although briefly outraged, the Jewish community of Sighet soon does not think much of the anti-Semitic acts. Several months have passed and Moshe reappears and tells the community that escaped captivity and that the trains holding the deported people were now under the control of the Gestapo, secret German police, at the border of Poland. He further reveals that Jews were digging their own graves against their will and then killed by the Gestapo. The town disregards his seemingly foolish story and refuses to believe his wild claims and accusations. Moshe is then considered to be the local madman by the …show more content…
Hot, cramped, fatigued, dehydrated, and with no sitting room, the Jews began to go mad for days of travel. Upon arrival at the border of Czechoslovakia, they realize that what is happening to them is beyond relocation, but something worse. The train car doors are sealed shut so that no one is able to escape. When the train eventually stops, they reach Auschwitz. Although to them, they have no idea where they are. After gathering information from locals, they are told it is a labor camp and are given false promises of fair treatment. Once again, the Jews, now prisoners, are led to believe that everything will fine. The trains move beyond barbed wire gates and are greeted by chimney’s and a rancid odor pumped into the midnight sky. They would later discover that it was the smell of burnt human flesh. They have made their arrival at Birkenau, the processing center for arriving Jews at Auschwitz.
In Night, Wiesel reveals how far humans will go to show their inhumanity by demoralizing others. Even so, the psychological torture of the Holocaust was that the Nazi’s had killed God. They drove their victims to such extremes that they lost everything that mattered to them. When they lost God, they lost everything. They would give in and give up. Accepting their fate, because why would their God allow this suffering to

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