Elie Wiesel: Night In His Research Paper
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.. We appointed a Jewish Council, a Jewish police, an office
for social assistance, a labor committee, a hygiene department -- a whole government machinery. Everyone marveled at it. We should no longer have before our eyes those hostile faces, those hate-laden stares" (Wiesel, p9).
Chances of surviving the camps depended largely on whether one was deported to a work camp or a death camp and whether one was of sufficient age and physical vitality to be of some service to the German war effort as a slave laborer. Even in the work camps, those who were weaker, older, and less susceptible to extreme deprivation and abuse succumbed to the many chronic illnesses that afflicted prisoners living in the most unsanitary and inhumane conditions imaginable.
Wiesel also describes how survival under such extreme conditions required one to give up some of the most basic human emotions and concern for others, even others in the same circumstance; this even...
had no more tears. And, in the depths of my being, in the recesses of my weakened conscience, could I have searched for it, I might perhaps have found something like -- free at last" (Wiesel, p38).
Ultimately, the book presents the horrors of the Jewish Holocaust in such a way as to ensure that an appropriate record remains for future generations long after all of those with first-hand knowledge of the horrific atrocities perpetrated by the what was then, arguably the worlds most cultured…
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