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Wiesels 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 havent 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 that 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 Elies memory is that of Rabbi Eliahous sons 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 did He decides that he would never leave his father even if staying with him would be the cause of his deathThe German forces are so adept at breaking the spirits of the Jews that we can see the effects throughout Elies novel Elies faith in God above all other things is strong at the onset of the novel but grows weaker as it goes on We see this when Elies father politely asks the gypsy where the lavatories are Not only does the gypsy not grace his father with a response but he also delivers a blow to his head that sent him
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