In Elie Weisel's, Night, and Erich Maria Remarque's, All Quiet on the Western Front, there are many similarities and similar parallels to the stories. .
First, the main character, Eliezer, struggles with Nazi persecution, and with his own faith in God and in the rest of the human life. This man and the other Jew have undergone so much persecution for being a Jew, physically and mentally that they do not even believe there is a God anymore: .
"Where is God? Where is He?" someone behind me asked .
For more than half an hour [the child in the noose] stayed there, struggling between life and death, dying in slow agony under our eyes. And we had to look him full in the face. He was still alive when I passed in front of him. His tongue was still red, his eyes were not yet glazed. Behind me, I heard the same man asking:.
"Where is God now?".
And I heard a voice within me answer him:.
"Where is He? Here He is "He is hanging here on this gallows .".
These people are so traumatized by what is going on in the camps that they have started believing there is no God. This is similar to All Quiet on the Western Front because Paul goes though so many terrible things that he begins to doubt also. .
Next, Eliezer's journey through the various concentration camps and the later descent of his father and himself parallels Paul's remorse at killing Duval sets the all of the story's rejection of the war and nationalist politics. Both of these two men have to deal with a huge struggle that changes their lives forever. Eliezer's battle is more emotional then Paul's but they both have the same concept of realizing something in their lives. Eliezer's battle almost takes control of his life and he gets to the point where he does not even want to live anymore: "One day I was able to get up, after gathering all my strength. I wanted to see myself in the mirror hanging on the opposite wall. I had not seen myself since the ghetto.