The Holocaust, what is the true depth of the word? As sad as it may seem, it had the most damaging effects on the human mind in history. Many horrific events consisting of genocide of Jews during World War II came to play during the Holocaust. Accounts of life during the genocide of the Jewish culture emerged among of which are Elie Wiesel’s memoir Night, Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower’s Letters to George C. Marshall, Mein Kampf and The Jewish Peril books by Nazi leader Adolf Hitler. Moreover, the victims of the Holocaust were deeply affected by the trauma they encountered by such atrocity and brutality as described by its survivors.
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They were burning something. A lorry drew up at the pit and delivered its load-little children. Babies! Yes, I saw it-saw it with my own eyes...those children in the flames” (30). This quote shows how horrible and brutal the Holocaust was because innocent babies and adults were being burned for no reason. Unquestionably being involved in the Holocaust caused many effects forever changing the way the Jewish people view their faith and themselves.
In the book Night, there were many methods of survival for the prisoners including the most important which their faith was. A successful way to survive was generally keeping faith and many individuals kept their faith in their religion very strong despite the labor they endured. Adolf Hitler was one such man as he stated that “The Jew destroys the people both in religion and in morals. He who wishes to see that can see it, and him who refuses to see it no one can help” (The Jewish Peril). In consequence of these facts, Hitler believed that no God=no morality. For example, at one point during the Holocaust, a man named Akiba Drumer said,
“God is testing us. He wants to find out whether we can dominate our base instincts and kill the Satan within us. We have no right to despair. And if he punishes us relentlessly, it’s a sign that He loves us all the more” (Weisel 42).
In this quote, Weisel states how Drumer was a very religious Jewish Holocaust victim and how his faith in God was the only thing keeping him alive. Overtime throughout the book Night, he loses his faith in God leading to losing his will and ultimately dying. Likewise, Drumer shows how even the biggest faith in God can be stripped from a man eventually leaving them with nothing at all.
Likewise, throughout the Holocaust, Weisel’s faith is not permanently shattered. He loses faith in God along with most prisoners when his father dies. In addition, when he loses faith he loses his identity, decency, and humanity in himself. However, despite many tests of his humanity, he maintains his devotion to his father. As Wiesel states, “Once more the young men tied her up and gagged her” (24). This shows how a woman named Madame Schachter sees a huge fire and proclaims that everyone is going to die soon so the men begin to beat her in order to silence her. This also claims that the Jews have given up and are losing faith because of Schachter. Once the Jews lose faith in God, they begin to turn against one another and refuse to see the truth about their own faith. In Night, there were three primary methods of survival, and out of those three, faith was the most successful in keeping people alive, however prisoners also focused on food tremendously.
Food often killed more people than it actually saved for the people imprisoned in the camps. For example, a worker in one of the towns threw a little piece of bread into the cattle cars and eagerly watched everyone fight over the bread so they can have a mouthful. Wiesel witnessed a man killing his...