The Perceptions Of War In Night By Elie Wiesel

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“War does not determine who is right- only who is left,” is a quote by Bertrand Russell. This spectrum expresses the casualties of war. In other words, Russell means war is used as an outlet to define a “winner”, or in this case, someone who is right. The veiled truth is that there are no true winners of war when comparing the damage created and the lives lost. Looking at war through that perspective, John F. Kennedy, among others, also agreed. Kennedy believed if mankind didn’t put an end to war, than war would surely put an end to us. On the contrary, there are those who support war and all it has to offer, but my main focus is to stress the brutality and horrors behind what war really is. People are deceived when they think they know what …show more content…
It is about Wiesel’s experience of getting uplifted from his home as a teenager, along with his family, during World War II in 1944. He and his family were Jewish and therefore when plans got around of Hitler wanting to exterminate the race, they were taken away from each other. A guy in town tried warning everyone, but like human nature, they chose to believe it would not happen to them and turned a blind eye. When the Nazis came for the Jews, Wiesel stuck with his father, while his mother and little sister, Tzipora, had gone together. They were all taken to Auschwitz, a concentration camp, and once the selection was made he never once saw his mother nor his little sister again. It is assumed that they died like the countless number of other innocents that lost their lives. This experience of Wiesel’s is better known as the Holocaust. Wiesel did not participate in war as a soldier, but he was effected by the aftermath, and not in a good fashion. His nightmares became just as real as Paul’s nightmares in All Quiet on the Western Front. I cannot begin to express Wiesel’s horrifying experience with complete understanding because I was not the one who lived it. Wiesel describes pain and despair through the vividness of his words. I could imagine the babies being thrown into the furnace like he described to all of the possessions taken away from everyone as well the little detail of his foot being full of pus. I can imagine all of these things as if I were there. To see people being beaten or shot or even worse, burned or lynched, is more than I would like to think of. Wiesel witnessed and survived a nightmare that we today have a hard time speaking of. There were people being mutilated and murdered along with being starved and dehydrated. Then there were those who became delirious or ill from sickness and malnutrition. More than just lives and possessions were lost. Families were torn apart and even

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