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The Effects of the Holocaust On Wiesels Faith In early 1944 the town of Sighet Transylvania was overran by the Nazi war regime as it rapidly expanded across Europe and parts of Asia In this town a young religious man named Elie Wiesel was questioning the intent of the German army and the rumors that were circling about them Although he had heard that the Germans were planning mass genocide of the Jewish race the common feeling throughout the town was that Hitler could never exterminate every Jew Early in Wiesels Night he recounts his experiences in the Holocaust and he expresses his undying faith and belief that god would never allow Hitlers regime to run its course When the Nazi army finally reached the town of Signet the Jews were forced from their homes and relocated into the towns gettos It was the seventh day of Passover and according to Wiesel the race towards death had begun1 The Jews were slowly removed from the large getto of Sighet and shipped to the smaller holding getto where they were separated according to sex age and physical ability and prepared for shipment to Auschwitz The day that Wiesel and his family were to be moved to the smaller getto of Signet Wiesel demonstrates his faith in God by awaking early to perform his daily prayers As he prepared to leave his home he said I looked at our house where I had spent so many years in my search for God in fasting in order to hasten the coming of the Messiah in imagining what my life would be like Yet I felt little sorrow2 This passage is symbolic of his first parting with his faith in God Yet he still believed in God he was beginning to understand that a God should not let mass extermination happen to his people While he was sub-consciencly loosing his faith in God he still felt that there
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