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The Holocaust in Night and Life is Beautiful

            The Holocaust is a tragic event that took place in Europe from 1940 to 1945 where over five million men, women and children were murdered by the Nazis which consisted of Gestapo and SS officers. Most/many of the victims were European Jews who were considered undesirable by Nazi Germany. The Holocaust inspired many novels, movies and documentaries that portrayed the struggle of the prisoners in the concentration camps such as the novel "Night" written by Elie Wiesel and the Italian film "Life is Beautiful". "Night" was written by one of the many victims of the brutal treatment by the Nazis, Elie Wiesel, who was sent with his family to Auschwitz, Birkenau one of the many concentration camps in Europe. "Life is Beautiful" is a non fiction Italian film about an Italian family that was sent to a concentration camp. "Night" illustrates how Elie's love for his father saved him from death in the camp while the film shows how a father shields his son, Giosue, from the horror of the Holocaust and ultimately sacrificed his life for his son. .
             Both "Night" and "Life is Beautiful" tell survival stories during the Holocaust. Elie's way of survival is based on his love for his father and the hope that they will survive and start a new life together. When Giosue's reason for surviving is the hope of a real tank that his father created as the prize of staying alive. Elie was 15 years old while in Auschwitz and fully understood what was happening while Giosue was only 5 years old and was under the impression that the Holocaust was one big game. Two very different ways of survival but both had the same reasoning which was love. Elie wanted to survive so he could care for his father. While Giosue's father portrayed love for his son by lying to him in order to protect him from the real game of life or death in the camp. Both have the theme of love and survival that saved them .

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