The Holocasut was the extermination of the Jewish people by the Nazi Germans. By the year 1945, 6 million Jews were murdered as a result of the Nazi’s ideology of racial superiority. The horrific events that occurred during the Holocaust, as seen through the eyes of Elie Wiesel, are described in his book Night. For Elie the Holocaust began the spring of 1944, the moment when German troops first marched into his home, Sighet, Transylvania. Throughout the next year, Wiesel survived the brutality of Auschwitz until he was liberated by the surrender of the Germans on April 11, 1945.
In chapter 9, the last chapter of the book, Elie writes, "On April 5, the wheel of history turned. It was late afternoon. We were standing inside the block, waiting for an SS to come and count us. He was late."
On April 5, with the American army approaching, the SS realize that the war is almost over and they order all Jews to assemble together . Wiesel writes, “This was the end! Hitler was going to keep his promise.” The Nazis decide to annihilate all the Jews left in the camp . Daily, thousands of Jews are murdered. On April 10, with about 20,000 people remaining in the camp, the Nazis decide to evacuate — and kill — everyone left in the camp.
The day of April 10 the first American tank stood at the gates of Buchenwald. Elie camp was liberated on April 10 but he does not believe that God delivered freedom. Before Elie’s experience Elie believed God controlled everything. Elie looks at his reflection and wonders if he is still there. The look in Elie’s eyes as he gazed at his corpse looking body never left him. Elie does not show any physical motivation to continue fighting for his life. But as we know he is a fighter who survived to write this book Night.
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