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Night

The novel Night, by Elie Wiesel is a an account of Wiesel’s experience within the Nazi concentration camps during World War Two. He was fifteen years old when the Nazis came to his hometown of Sighet, Transylvania, and at his arrival in Auschwitz his mother and sister were killed, while he was forced into slave labor. Months later the Germans evacuated the camps, and forced any survivors on a death march, which very few survived (Wiesel being one of the few survivors) by the time the Americans arrived. Wiesel wrote the memoir and novel in order for him to remember his past, and the capability of humans to commit such heinous crimes , as those committed during the holocaust. The story is a relatively sad and dark one, with little to no faith or hope being found from Wiesel throughout the book, giving us a look into how dark the holocaust was. There was no light to be seen throughout his suffering. His depiction of his experience is important because it doesn’t allow the holocaust to be seen as anything else but horrific and tragic. For him to go back into such a dark past, and write about his memories, evokes the message of how important it is to remember and acknowledge the past no matter how hard or painful it is. Being unwilling to acknowledge the past can lead to forgetfulness, which can lead to past mistakes and tragic events to recur. Remembering allows us to learn and find a way to create a better future, with the memories of the past helping to keep us on the right track.

-Gabrielle

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