Author: Elie Wiesel
Do you see that chimney over there? See it? Do you see those flames? Over
there- that's where you're going to be taken. That's your grave, over there. Haven't
you realize it yet? You dumb bastards, don't you understand anything? You're
going to be burned. Frizzed away. Turned into ashes.
The Holocaust lasted from 1939-1942. During these tough and traumatic
years Hitler killed over 6,000,000 people, mostly Jews, but the retarded,
homosexual, and handicapped were also murdered. But the Jews did make it
through these rough times. They survived only on courage, dreams, and hope.
Before World War II, Elie Wiesel led an ordinary life for a teenage Jew at
the time. He went to synagogue and he went to school, (which at the time not
many people went to), and that was a normal day for him up until the Germans
came and took them away to the concentration camps. He liked having long
discussion with a homeless person named Moshe. One day Moshe moved to a
different town. When he came back to Sighet, Transylvania years later he was a
totally different person. He had been through the concentration camps and was
now warning everyone to get out of the town before the Germans came. Nobody
believed him. The next day the Germans came into town.
Wiesel’s connection with God is very strong at the beginning of the story,
but as the book went on it got weaker and weaker. I think God was testing the
Jews to see that even at the time of true danger if they would stay loyal to him.
One time Wiesel said, "Why, but why should I bless Him? Because he had
thousands of children burned in his pits?...” life must have had been truly terrible
to have said that in the time when God was the one who was most...