Elie Wiesel was a young boy, when his life changed drastically. He was born in Sighet, Transylvania, which is now Romania. He was born to Shlomo and Sarah, which they had four children, Hilda, Bea, Tsiporah, and Eliezer. Wiesel and his family practiced the Jewish religion, before he was forced into the concentration camps.
In the novel Night, Elie Wiesel had a strong belief in God. When Elie and his family were sent off to the concentration camps, he tested his belief in God.
In the novel Night, “Wiesel's childhood faith in the goodness and promise of God was forever shattered when as a young boy he was deported along with his family from their native Transylvania to Auschwitz. Arriving at Auschwitz Wiesel learned what Dostoevsky in his own time knew, that the sin against the child is the only unforgivable sin, for it indicts not only man but man's creator. Echoing Dostoevsky, he writes: “A Child who dies becomes the center of the universe: stars and meadows die with him.”” (Idinopulos). In the novel Night, “His relationship to God is similarly disrupted. Immediately, Job-like, Eliezer begins to question the justice of God. How could God allow good people to suffer so” (Estees)? For example, Elie says, “An icy wind was blowing violently. But we marched without faltering. The SS made us increase our pace. “Faster, you tramps, you flea-ridden dogs!””. For example this is making them feel degraded and believe that God is not with them anymore (Wiesel 85). Elie Wiesel felt, “In Night, the relationship between God and man is first questioned and then reversed: God becomes the guilty one who has transgressed and who deserves to be on trial. God, not man, has broken His promises and betrayed His people” (Estees). As a strong believer in God himself, Elie would not think that God would put these loving people through the Holocaust. No one deserves to be beaten, starved, and killed just for their different skin complexion, or their religious belief, or even their social class.
During the Holocaust, “Faith is the cornerstone of a relationship with God; it is also the cornerstone of Eliezer's relationships with others, which in turn give him a sense of his own identity. It is shared faith in God which binds the Jews of Sighet together, and it is faith in each other which makes those relationships viable and strong” (Dougherty). When the Nazi’s brought the Jews to the concentration camps, they never let the evil, and betrayal of the Nazi’s turn of their belief in God. In Night, Elie preached, “God is testing us. He wants to see whether we are capable of overcoming our base instincts, of killing the Satan within ourselves. We have no right to despair. And if he punishes us mercilessly, it is a sign that He loves us that much m o r e . . .” (Wiesel 45). Them thinking that God was testing them, this made the Jews practice their beliefs and their faith in God stronger over the time they were in the concentration camps.
In Night, “Eliezer's rebellion...