Imagine being pushed and shoved into a cattle car with sixty to ninety strangers and being stuck in this car with little food and water, no room to move, and no place to go to the bathroom for days on end, without knowing when you would be able to go again. Every time someone died, you had to throw them out of the fast, moving train like they were a sack of potatoes. This is what Holocaust survivor and book writer Elie Wiesel went through. Elie's book “Night” goes into detail with what he went through and takes us through the horrific but wonderful journey of his own survival of the Holocaust.
It all started when Hitler became the leader of Germany in 1933. He believed that the German people were of a “superior race” and that they should rule the world. Anyone else that was not German were considered to be an “inferior race.” This was all non-aryan people, including Africans, Slavic’s, and Jewish people (Background Information about World War II...). He took the rights from Jewish people and wanted to diminish them completely (World War 2: A Brief History). In 1938 Hitler ordered that Jews were removed from their homes and moved to the “Ghettos” where they had to live with way too many people and the conditions of living were horrendous. They didn't have enough food, and they didn't have any of the other necessities that they would normally have in their own home. (Background Information about World War II...). They sent the Jews to concentration camps where they were forced to work against their will and they were also sent to gas chambers where they were murdered (Background Information about World War II...). It is estimated that between fifty and seventy million people died during World War 2 and millions of them were Jews (World War 2: A Brief History). The mass destruction of the Jews was known as genocide. This began the Holocaust. Through the concentration camps and gas chambers and all the other cruelty that went on in Germany, only a number of Jews survived (Background Information about World War II...). One of these survivors is Elie Wiesel.
Elie Wiesel was born in the village of Sighet, Transylvania on September 20, 1928. On May 16, 1944 deportation of the Jews began. They deported them from Sighet to the death camp called Auschwitz in Poland (Bloom, Harold). Until this, his life was normal. They were a loving, caring family. They were a middle-class family, and his parents worked hard for their money and the things that they had. When they were deported, his mother and younger sisters were immediately killed and Elie and his father were kept together for slave labor.
In 1945, Hitler's Nazis were running from the Allies that were beginning to come in strong. They took the Jews with them. They ran for more than 40 miles in one day. Whoever stopped running was shot, but many of them died from exhaustion first. At the end of the run, they were loaded on to an open freight car. They had no room to sit down, and they were crammed in...