Topic: Religion

Last updated: December 30, 2019

The Haunting Cries
Imagine being in a place where all you see is horror, where the only reason you’re there is because of your religion. Seeing innocent people getting brutally killed, while you can’t do anything about it, makes you feel you would be the next victim. There’s no way out, nowhere to escape, nowhere to hide. The suffering seems endless. The Nazis not only killed thousands of innocent Jews, they destroyed everything they valued, including their families, faith, and humanity. The horror of the concentration camps were so unbearable, Elie Wiesel had to question if God was really there. He starts to lose his perspective as a human being, after being treated like animals instead, this shows how one can act so inhuman.
Throughout Elie Wiesel’s Night, Elie and many prisoners began to lose their faith in God. The first time we see Elie start to lose his faith is when he is in Auschwitz, being forced to watch a crematory. A man behind him asks him to pray, Elie refuses. “The Eternal, Lord of the Universe, the All-Powerful and Terrible, was silent. What had I to thank him for?” (31). This shows he couldn’t believe what he was seeing and why God would let this happen.
Another case in which Elie Wiesel loses his faith is when the pipel was being hanged. Elie wonders where God is as the innocent child was slowly dying “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 ask 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?” (Wiesel 62)
Everyday the Jews had to undergo brutal torture by the SS officers. The Jews didn’t feel like they were humans for various reasons. They were treated like animals, being burned alive and killed. “One day when Idek was venting his fury, I happened to cross his path. He threw himself on me like a wild beast, beating me in the chest, on my head, throwing me to the ground and picking me up again, crushing me with ever more violent blows, until I was covered in blood.” (Wiesel 53). This shows that you could get tortured to your death even if you did absolutely nothing wrong.
The Jews weren’t just physically abused. Elie Wiesel’s father called out to him as he was dying, but one of the officers told him to shut up. When he didn’t stop he was beaten. “Never shall I forget that smoke. Never shall I forget the little faces of the children, whose bodies I saw turned into wreaths of smoke beneath a silent blue sky.” This quote shows what Elie Wiesel had to witness and keep in his head for his lifetime. They also forced them to work. “Sitting on the ground they counted bolts, bulbs, and small electrical fittings.” (Wiesel 33) Elie had to do this for hours and could not quit. Burning babies was also an inhuman act they did. “A lorry drew up at the pit and delivered its load-little children. Babies!” (Wiesel 21) No one should have the heart to want to burn babies; too young to even know what was ahead of them. The Germans made the Jews run for long distances. The SS officers would shoot anyone who couldn’t keep up “Near me, men were collapsing in the dirty snow. Shots.” (Wiesel 57) You can only imagine the fear of seeing the people right next to you collapsing to their death knowing you could be next with one wrong move.

Through all the pain and suffering of the Holocaust, Elie didn’t give up. That message has been spread through the decades. While many gave up, those who wanted to fight back came together. And in the end, that’s all that matters; they fought for what they believe in. That meant their faith, freedom, and family. Many lost to their battle, but they will be remember for not giving up without a fight

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