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Religion 110-08 March 18 1996 To suffer as defined in the dictionary means to undergo or feel pain or great distress Another way to say it is to sustain injury disadvantage or loss And yet another way to define suffering is to say to endure or be afflicted with something temporary or chronically If they were to ask Elie Wiesel what his definition of suffering was he would have a lot to say and what he told them would be more horrible than their wildest dreams It is hard to relate to something of the magnitude of Elies suffering without actually being there but after reading his book I have a whole new understanding and sympathy for the Holocaust victims Elies story took place while he was a very young boy approximately 14 His friend town beggar Moshe had been somewhat helping with his studies until all the foreigners were forced to leave the town Sneaking back in several weeks later Moshe told of the stories that he had witnessed They were gruesome accounts of what the Nazis were doing to innocent children His stories were payed little attention but soon the townspeople were being forced to leave and migrate towards ghettos From there it was just waiting till they were moved by train to the concentration camps Once off the train Elie and his father were separated from Elies mother and sister little did he know that he would never see them again Through bribery and friendships along the way he managed to stay close to his aging father Little respect and even less food was given to the captives while they performed labor intensive tasks in the quarries During the day work was performed and if anyone was caught doing anything illegal the were murdered in front of anybody to set an example of what would happen if an escape was tried Throughout Elies horrific ordeal he would always comment
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