No one experiences such a terrible event as the Holocaust without changing. In Night, a memoir by the Jew Elie Wiesel, the author describes his torture at the hands of the Nazis. Captured with his family in 1944 (one year before the end of the war), they were sent to Auschwitz to come before the stern Dr. Mengele in the infamous selection. There, Elie parted from his mother and sister leaving him with his father who was too busy to spend any time with his son before the camp. Under the Nazis' control, Elie and his father moved to several camps including Buna. The Nazi regime “deprived [Elie]...of the desire to lived..., which murdered [his] God and soul and turned my dreams to dust”(32).
Prior to the war, Elie lived a highly spiritual and innocent life. Elie possessed a very strong interest in Jewish beliefs. At the young age of 12, “during the day [he] studied the Talmud, and at night [he] ran to the synagogue to weep over the destruction of the Temple”(3). Elie attacked the faith with such a vigor that he, “asked [his] father to find [Elie] a master to guide [his] studies of the cabbala”, but his father responded, “you are too young for that... only at thirty that one had the right into the perilous world of mysticism”(1-2). At such a young age, Elie followed the Jewish faith with a vigor uncommon for his age; his father kept him grounded in a world of reason. Even when the Nazis were taking the Jews to the concentration camp (though they did not know where they were going), Elie, “got up at dawn. [he] wanted to pray before [the Jews] were expelled”(16) Even as Elie's freedoms vanished, he still maintained a sense of faith as a crutch. This also shows how Elie still was a child at the time, not aware that the Germans could try to eradicate an entire race. Ellie did not have an inkling of the horrors that lay before him and how they would decimate his faith.
Once at the camp, Elie had his innocence and faith robbed from him. At the camp Elie felt his faith incinerate with the flesh of so many Jews when they “were gradually drawing closer to a ditch, from which an eternal heat was rising...[he] bit [his] lips so that [his] father would not hear [his] teeth chattering”(31). As Elie walked towards the ditch, he realized how his faith could not save him from the Nazi's, which began to end his once great love for God. Biting his lips showed how Elie began to grow up; he wanted to be brave for his father not showing his fear. The Nazis considered it their job to break all Jews of any sense of happiness, at which they succeeded. While at the a concentration camp, a leader named Idek, “moved a hundred men so he could sleep with a girl! It struck [Elie] as so funny that [he] burst out laughing”; for witnessing this Elie was punished, and then he “was aware on nothing but the strokes of the whip”(55). The Nazis did all...