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The Story of Elie Wiesel - Night

            The novella "Night," written by Eliezer Wiesel, describes the atrocities of the treatment endured by herself and other Jews at Auschwitz during WWII. Through this atrocity left survivors without morals, friends and families were lost in the flames. Also lost within these walls were the names of each person, what defined them, and the clothes on their backs. This left them as a whimpering body. Nothing more. Eliezer writes about what was lost between the camp walls. His faith, his morals, his very own innocence. Not to his surprise, Elie succumbs to the likes of those around him after witnessing the hanging of the pipel. The death of the pipel is related to the death of Elie's faith in his God. Elie identifies with the death of the young pipel because he undergoes a similar slow, painful spiritual death. From this experience, Elie's sense of morality has dwindled along with his faith. "We had forgotten everything – death, fatigue, our natural needs." This passage occurs in the sixth section of the book, toward the end of the prisoners' horrible run from Buna. It concisely describes the prisoners' godless worldview, which holds survival to be the highest principle and all other morality to be meaningless. This highlights the first of many emotionless horrors. .
             Another count of emotionless recklessness involves the separation of the many families of the 1.3 million Jews that entered the gates of what was described as a liveable Gehenna. "Men to the left, women to the right." From this repetitive order, families were abruptly separated. All though Elie and his father Shlomo managed to stay together; this was purely for the better chance of survival, taking shift in natural order. "My hand shifted on my father's arm. I had one thought – not to lose him. Not to be left alone." Losing his father would be more devastating than any torture Auschwitz had to offer.

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