March 26, 2014
How did the Holocaust affect Elie Wiesel’s Writing?
World War II, known as the largest armed conflict in history, began in Europe in the 1930s and led to effect many people. The war resulted in not only the involvement of more countries than any other war but also introduced powerful, new, nuclear weapons that also contributed to the most deaths. As Hitler rose to power in 1933 the Holocaust began, his quest for the ‘perfect’ race resulted in the use of concentration camps, which would help to create the largest genocide of people in history.
In Sighet, Transylvania in Romania Elie Wiesel was born to his parents Sarah Feig and Shlomo Wiesel on September 30, 1928. In Sighet, his family lived in a close-knit Jewish community where his father ran a grocery business. Wiesel along with his three sisters were raised in the Hasidic sect of Judaism, which his mother’s family belonged to. Since he was the only son he was well educated in the Talmud, which are a collection of Jewish laws. Although Wiesel was fascinated with Hassidic traditions, his father wanted him to concentrate on his secular studies. However, religion ended up being the center of his life. Wiesel grew up speaking Hungarian, German, and Romanian as well as Yiddish, which were all spoken in his father’s store except for Yiddish, which he spoke at home.
During the year of 1940, the town of Sighet was conquered by Hungary and in 1944; Wiesel and his family were placed in a ghetto on Serpent Street, in Sighet. In May of 1944, Hungarian authorities allowed the German arm to take the Jewish community in Sighet to Auschwitz-Birkenau. While at Auschwitz, fifteen-year-old Wiesel had his inmate number, ‘A-7713’ tattooed onto his left arm. During this time, Wiesel’s...