Essay on The Holocaust : Endurance And Self Preservation

1045 Words May 23rd, 2016 5 Pages
“The instincts of self-preservation, of self-defense, of pride, had all deserted us. In one terrifying moment of lucidity, I thought of us as damned souls wandering through the void, souls condemned to wander through space until the end of time, seeking redemption, seeking oblivion, without any hope of finding either” (Wiesel,36). One of the most important keys to survival during the Holocaust was endurance and self-preservation. In order to ensure one would make it by, many focused on their own being. Sometimes, however, the Holocaust victims took this mindset too far. There were many times when the Jews would kill each other, including their own family for food. In “Night” by Elie Wiesel, there were many tragic instances in which Elie even thought of how he would be better off by himself and not with his father. During World War II millions of Jews were taken from their homes to concentration camps, resulting in the deaths of 6 million people. There were many methods of survival for the prisoners of the holocaust. In the book Night, there were three main modes of survival, faith, family, and food. All testing one 's endurance and self-preservation. Obtaining food seemed to be the entire purpose of life for the people imprisoned in the camps, it often killed more people than it saved. Though focusing on food seemed like a logical thing to do when you are being starved, it was not always very effective in helping people survive. Elie wrote about a time during an air…

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