Night by Elie Wiesel Essay

1280 WordsApr 8, 20136 Pages
I’ve read about the Holocaust, I’ve watched documentaries on it, I’ve visited Holocaust Museum in Miami, FL., I’ve even watched several movies retelling the story of the Holocaust, but reading Night by Elie Wiesel, has given me a different perspective on the Holocaust. Wiesel retells his terrifying memories as a teenager when he and his family were taken from their home to Auschwitz. It all began in the spring of 1944 when German armies occupy Hungary and soon move into Sighet. Several drastic measure begin to take place and all Jewish valuables are confiscated, leaders are arrested, and all Jews are forced to wear yellow stars; this was only the beginning. Soon after that Jews are taken into ghettos, small, crowded and narrow streets with barbed wire fencing, where they are now obligated to live. It all seems to go down hill from here. Soon they are packed into cattle cars where a journey full of nightmares begins. They arrive in Birkenu (p.28). As they arrive in Birkenu, Wiesel and his father are separated from his mother and sisters; they never see them again. All Jews are evaluated to see whether they should be killed immediately or put to work in concentration camps. Elie and his father pass the evaluation and are taken to prisoner barracks where they first encounter open-pit furnaces where thousands of babies are being burned (p.32). They are, before long, stripped from all clothing, shaved, disinfected, and treated with inhumane cruelty. They soon make their way to Buna, a work camp, where they are put to work as slaves and under much malnourishment. Their situation worsens more and more every time; they have now witnessed the hanging of many of fellow prisoner’s, including a young child. Because of the horrific conditions in the camps and the ever-present danger of death, many of the prisoners themselves begin to act out with cruelty, concerned only with

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