Book Report on Night

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Wiesel's Night is about what the Holocaust did, not just to

the Jews, but by extension, to humanity. People all over the world

were devastated by this atrocious act, and there are still people

today who haven't overcome the effects. One example of the heinous

acts of the Germans that stands out occurs at the end of the war, when

Elie and the rest of the camp of Buna is being forced to transfer to

Gleiwitz. This transfer is a long, arduous, and tiring journey for all

who are involved. The weather is painfully cold, and snow fell

heavily; the distance is greater than most people today will even

dream of walking. The huge mass of people is often forced to run, and

if one collapses, is injured, or simply can no longer bear the pain,

they are shot or trampled without pity. An image that secures itself

in Elie's memory is that of Rabbi Eliahou's son's leaving the Rabbi

for dead. The father and son are running together when the father

begins to grow tired. As the Rabbi falls farther and farther behind

his son, his son runs on, pretending not to see what is happening to

his father. This spectacle causes Elie to think of what he would do if

his father ever became as weak as the Rabbi. He decides that he would

never leave his father, even if staying with him would be the cause of

his death.

The German forces are so adept at breaking the spirits of the

Jews that we can see the effects throughout Elie's novel. Elie's faith
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