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Keeping Faith - Night by Elie Wiesel

            "There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest." - Elie Wiesel. .
             Elie Wiesel was powerless as teenager in the Nazi concentration camps. His faith was tested by unanswered prayers, murders, death and diseases. However after the liberation of Buchenwald he became a famous author and Nobel Peace Prize winner. Elie Wiesel decided to protest through his words the horrible crimes that were committed against the Jewish people. He wants everyone to know what happened to him, his family, and many Jews who died in the camps. In Night, by Elie Wiesel a theme the author develops is losing faith in the what you believe in. Wiesel describing himself as being incredibly religious in his childhood, but after being transferred to the death camps he starts to lose that faith. This is because the last time that the author stated that he was religious was when he woke up and prayed in his ghetto. That was the day everyone in his ghetto was transferred to the concentration camps. The text states I woke up at dawn. I wanted to have time to pray before leaving (Wiesel 18). This shows that Wiesel is a strong believer in his religion because he was constantly praying. He mentions that while praying that he would cry because of how intense it was. The reader would notice that he is much more religious and committed to his religion in the ghettos. However in the Nazi concentration camps that he was moved to, he had seen so much murder and death. That this causes him to start to lose faith in God and his religion all together. An example of Elie Wiesel losing his faith was when he witnessed a child get hung for everyone to see. The texts states that But the third rope was still moving: the child, too light, was still breathing (Wiesel 65). This is one of the main moments that he started to lose faith in God because he had just witnessed two fellow Jews get hung for display.

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