Faith in Elie Wiesel's "Night": Applications For The Modern Catholic Book Review by Nicky

Faith in Elie Wiesel's "Night": Applications For The Modern Catholic
The paper is a review of the book "Night" by Elie Wiesel and includes the writer's views on the ways in which Wiesel's experiences relate to Catholics and Christians in general.
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The writer of this paper examine the book "Night" by Jewish author Elie Wiesel in which he relates the poignant story of his adolescence as a Jew during World War II. The writer of the paper, attempts to put himself in Wiesel's place and how experiences similar to Wiesel's might have impacted his faith as a Catholic. The writer also examines the actions taken by Wiesel to survive in Nazi concentration camps, how this Affected his belief in God and, once again, draws conclusions regarding the actions of Christians in similar situations.

From the Paper:

"In what is one of his most popular works, Night, Elie Wiesel tells the poignant story of his adolescence as a Jew during World War II. At fifteen, he is a studious boy in a Jewish village, studying that Talmud with Moshe the Beadle against the recommendations of his father. Weeks later, young Elie is thrown out of his home in Transylvania, packed onto a train, and transported to Auschwitz and eventually Buchenwald, where he would witness the hardening of his heart and the destruction of his faith. While Wiesel's Night is an important historical account of the Holocaust and the Jews' tribulations during the horrific event, it is also an account of a young man's struggle with his faith. At first a strong believer for his age, he struggles to keep his life, while relinquishing his faith, during his imprisonment. Because of this, he also takes note of the role faith plays in the lives of the other Jews undergoing similar circumstances. From the false hope that circulates among the community before they are deported, to the religious prisoners who are not shown mercy, to the deaths of his family and friends, Wiesel witnesses tragedy after tragedy without an intervention from a higher power. At the end of the book, then, he is left with a respect for faith, but an inability to rekindle his own personal faith. Although Wiesel's Jewish faith was affected by his experiences, his reaction is not limited to this faith. Instead, many religious individuals who were subject to torture and the deaths of their friends and family would most likely have a similar reaction. Through a chronological examination of the Holocaust's effects on Wiesel's faith, an understanding of the relationship between religious persecution and faith can be assessed."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Wiesel, Elie. Night. New York: Hill & Wang, 1960.

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