Human Nature At Its Worst (Night-Elie Wiesel) by Savanna Whieldon on Prezi
5) Question: What did Elie do when the gypsy struck his father? Why . How does Wiesel's relationship with his father change during this time?. "Veronica can go back and change things to the point of not allowing me to fall in love with Ellie stopped by a large oak tree, for a moment, mulling over Sandra's words. She reached up and patted her hair, the thick red locks pulled into a tight bun. God forbid your father had continued his relationship with your mother. Night is a work by Elie Wiesel, published in English in The book is about his experience with his father in the Nazi German That changed at midnight on Sunday, 18 March , with the invasion of Hungary by Nazi Germany, and the . His loss of faith in human relationships is mirrored in his loss of faith in God.
The year was During that year, the Germans were taking over and the start of World War Two began. After a bit, the Jews of Sighet eventually forget about the anti-Semitic expelling. Even after Moishe returns and tells the story of what happened in the camps he was sent to, the town judges him as a lunatic and ignores his tales.
Finally, they believe the foreshadowing danger. What does this reveal about human nature? The cattle cars where jam packed, laying down was not an option, not even sitting. There was also very little air, the luckiest ones found themselves near a window.
It was extremely hot in the train, and everyone was very thirsty. At first, when Madame Schachter began screaming they said she was mad, and made an attempt to calm her down.
When calming her down did not succeed, a few young men forced her to sit down and then bound and gagged her. After that once she escaped, she received several blows to the head. Finally, they just decided to give up on her. This reveals that human nature is violence. When their very few attempts at getting her quiet without violence failed, they automatically resorted to using it. Even though it wasand the Nazi extermination of the Jews had begun years earlier, the Sighet Jews had very few facts about it.
To what did Wiesel compare the world? To the Jews in the cattle car, the world was no bigger than the small transportation vehicle they were locked in. What did Madame Schachter see in her vision?
Madame Schachter saw fire and flames in her vision. How did the other people in the car react to Madame Schachter? Everyone in the train was getting annoyed and exasperated with Madame Schachter. They began to hate her, because she kept screaming about her vision of flames which nobody could see. Where did the train stop? Through the windows the Jews see chimneys attached to large furnaces. When the Jews looked out the window, they saw a concentration camp, Auschwitz.
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When did Wiesel say the travelers left their illusions behind? It was when they left the train at Birkenau. It meant that they had left all their cherished belongings and illusions behind them.
Which notorious SS officer did they meet at Auschwitz? At Auschwitz they met a notorious SS officer named Dr. He could not figure out why there were Jews thanking God either as some of them broke out into prayer. What did Elie do when the gypsy struck his father? He was being precautious. How long where Elie and his father at Auschwitz? Where did they go after that?
Elie and his father remained at Auschwitz for 3 weeks. After that, they went to Buchenwald. The dentist then told him to come back when he was feeling better, and to not have to call him again for him to come on his own.
Elie went back later but he pretended again to get himself a few more days. The third time he went back, the dentist had been arrested and Elie got to keep his filling.
What were the only things in which Elie took an interest? The only things in which Elie took an interest where the Cabbala and the Talmud. How did Elie describe the men after the air raid? A week after the bombing, Elie and the other prisoners are forced to witness the hangings of some of their fellow prisoners.
One of the victims is a young man from Warsaw, who is killed because he stole items during the clean-up. A curse upon germany! Elie said that the soup tasted like corpses the night after the young servant boy was hanged. How does Wiesel feel about his evening meal after each hanging? What do his reactions suggest about how he is feeling?
The first hanging was for a man who stole from the Germans during an air raid at the camp. He was sentenced to death. The narrator commented that the supper that night tasted better than it ever had been. The Rebbe danced around answering him, until finally, he burst out: That I have no eyes to see, no ears to hear? That my heart doesn't revolt? That I have no desire to beat my head against the wall and shout like a madman, to give rein to my sorrow and disappointment? Yes, He is guilty. He has become the ally of evil, of death, of murder, but the problem is still not solved.
I ask you a question and dare you answer: He is still stuck. Gavriel had his own answer to a cruel God. Nothing had changed by knowing how cruel God was, because God had always been cruel.
He had lectured to Gregor: The first act of Abraham, the first Jew-his readiness to sacrifice his son-was an accusation against God and his injustice. After that Moses shattered the tables of the Law, in anger not only with his people but with the God of his people.
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The midrash contains a troubling legend along these same lines. Cain says to God: Why did it have to be me? You could have prevented it, but you didn't. All that is left to us of Cain is his curse.
They say, yes, I've suffered, but when has a Jew not suffered? These people still give God another chance to prove he has not abandoned His people. I have submitted to everything, accepted everything, not with resignation but with love and gratitude.
I have accepted punishments, absurdities, slaughters, I have even let pass under silence the death of one million children. In the shadow of the Holocaust's unbearable mystery, I have strangled the outcry, the anger, the desire to be finished with You and myself once and for all.
I have chosen prayer, devotion. I have tried to transform into song the dagger You have so often plunged into my submissive heart. I did not strike my head against the wall, I did not tear my eyes out so as to see no more, nor my tongue so as to speak no more. It is easy to die for You, easier than to live with You, for You, in this universe both blessed and cursed, in which malediction, like everything else, bears a link to You and also to myself It's all over, I tell You.
I cannot go on. If this time again You desert Your people, if this time again You permit the slaughterer to murder Your children and besmirch their allegiance to the covenant, if this time You let Your promise become mockery, then know, O Master of all that breathes, know that you know longer deserve Your people's love and their passion to sanctify You, to justify You toward and against all, toward and against Yourself; if this time again the survivors are massacred and their deaths held up to ridicule, know that I shall resign my chair and all my functions as guide, I shall fall to the ground, my forehead covered with ashes, and I shall weep as I have never wept in my life, and before dying I shall shout as no victim has ever shouted, and know that each of my shouts will tarnish your glory, and each of my gestures will negate You and will negate me as You have negated me, as You will have negated Your servants in their dazzling and ephemeral truth.
He can accept God's past cruelties only if they are to be tempered with some love also, as they have been in the past. Wiesel's writings call for a new start for theology, along the lines of the way Gregor and the tzaddik were thinking. They were willing to accept all the pain and suffering that had been heaped on them and their families and friends, and forgive God; for He, hopefully, knows what He is doing. And even if He doesn't, He is still God, and it is not for mortals to judge His acts, though they may question His motives.
We offer him only his freedom. If he exacts of his people a million children, it is because, in truth, he requires them to exalt his name may it be blessed and his power, for he is all of life as he is all of death. If he needs rivers of blood, let him be pitied for it is only that he lacks imagination.
For man the infinite is God; for God the infinite is man. What was done had to be done and that is all that has to be said. The greater plan no longer depends on the Jews, or any man. The Rebbe's faith is not unlike that before the Holocaust. But it is also very different. It is less blind. Gregor confronts this faith and finds it solid. Be pure and God will be purified in you. I owe God nothing.
He owes you nothing, either. You don't live his life and he doesn't live yours. You owe yourself something. What exactly, that's the question. There can be no anger toward God if He were never expected to do what He never did. The Rebbe also spoke of suffering in the light of this new faith: For suffering contains the secret of creation and its dimension of eternity; it can be pierced only from the inside. Suffering betters some people and transfigures others.
At the end of suffering, of mystery, God awaits us In a book entitled The Six Days of Destruction, Wiesel writes a set of prayers centering on reaffirming the faith. They are followed by stories that we should never forget in the light of this return to faith.
To this God, man says, I will take over for now. I will determine my fate. In Dawn, this is what the Jewish people are trying to do. To this end, they will try things they have never known before, even hate. Why will they try to hate? Their tragedy, throughout the centuries, has stemmed from their inability to hate those who have humiliated and from time to time exterminated them.
Now our only chance lies in hating you, in learning the necessity and the art of hate. In a story, he tells of meeting the Messiah, in disguise, on Earth. The time has come for you to impose your will upon His, to pin Him to the wall. While we have faith in God that He has a plan, and that whatever happens will be for the good of that plan, we also help to shape that plan by actively seeking to make things happen, and realizing the importance of doing so.
Perhaps that is the lesson of the Holocaust. That though God's plans are beyond us all, we should not be so resigned to our faith in Him that we do not try to control our own destinies.
But neither should we slap God in the face and say that we will no longer follow His rules because His plan did not fit in with ours. He knows that his relationship with God has changed significantly.
He is still questioning, as himself and as his characters in his books. Where is God to be found? In suffering or in rebellion? Eliezer's house on a corner of Serpent Street is in the larger ghetto in the town centre, so his family can stay in their home, although the windows on the non-ghetto side have to be boarded up. He is happy at first: The general opinion was that we were going to remain in the ghetto until the end of the war, until the arrival of the Red Army.
Then everything would be as before. It was neither German nor Jew who ruled the ghetto—it was illusion. Eliezer's family is moved at first to the smaller ghetto, but they are not told their final destination, only that they may each take a few personal belongings.
The Hungarian police, wielding truncheons and rifle butts, march Eliezer's neighbours through the streets. His mere presence among the deportees added a touch of unreality to the scene. It was like a page torn from some story book One by one they passed in front of me, teachers, friends, others, all those I had been afraid of, all those I once could have laughed at, all those I had lived with over the years. They went by, fallen, dragging their packs, dragging their lives, deserting their homes, the years of their childhood, cringing like beaten dogs.
Auschwitz concentration camp Tracks leading to Auschwitz-Birkenau Eliezer and his family are crammed into a closed cattle wagon with 80 others. Men and women are separated on arrival at Auschwitz-Birkenauthe extermination camp within the Auschwitz complex.
Eliezer and his father are "selected" to go to the left, which meant forced labour; his mother, Hilda, Beatrice and Tzipora to the right, the gas chamber. Hilda and Beatrice managed to survive. Men to the left! Women to the right! Eight words spoken quietly, indifferently, without emotion. Eight short, simple words.
For a part of a second I glimpsed my mother and my sisters moving away to the right. Tzipora held Mother's hand. I saw them disappear into the distance; my mother was stroking my sister's fair hair The stronger Eliezer's need to survive, the weaker the bonds that tie him to other people.
His loss of faith in human relationships is mirrored in his loss of faith in God. During the first night, as he and his father wait in line, he watches a lorry deliver its load of children into the fire.
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While his father recites the Kaddishthe Jewish prayer for the dead—Wiesel writes that in the long history of the Jews, he does not know whether people have ever recited the prayer for the dead for themselves—Eliezer considers throwing himself against the electric fence.
At that moment he and his father are ordered to go to their barracks. But Eliezer is already destroyed. There remained only a shape that looked like me.
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. Never shall I forget those flames which consumed my faith forever. Never shall I forget that nocturnal silence which deprived me, for all eternity, of the desire to live.
Never shall I forget those moments which murdered my God and my soul and turned my dreams to dust. Never shall I forget these things, even if I am condemned to live as long as God Himself. How he had changed! So much had happened within such a few hours that I had lost all sense of time.
When had we left our houses? Was it only a week? Monowitz concentration camp In or around August Eliezer and his father are transferred from Birkenau to the work camp at Monowitz also known as Buna and Auschwitz IIItheir lives reduced to the avoidance of violence and the search for food.
God is not lost to Eliezer entirely. During the hanging of a child, which the camp is forced to watch, he hears someone ask: Wiesel files past him, sees his tongue still pink and his eyes clear. Behind me, I heard the same man asking: Where is God now?
And I heard a voice within me answer him: Here He is—He is hanging here on this gallows. Why, but why would I bless Him? Every fiber in me rebelled. Because He kept six crematoria working day and night, including Sabbath and the Holy Days? Because in His great might, He had created Auschwitz, Birkenau, Buna, and so many other factories of death?
How could I say to Him: