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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 Today many people still have to sleep at night knowing that they are going to have nightmares about what happened to them 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 are being forced to transfer to Gleiwitz This transfer is a long arduous and tiring journey for all who were involved The weather was painfully cold and snow fell heavily the distance was greater than most people today will even dream of walking The huge mass of people was often forced to run and if one collapsed was injured or simply can no longer bear the pain they were shot or trampled without pity An image that secured itself in Elies memory was that of Rabbi Eliahous son leaving the Rabbi for dead The father and son were running together when the father began to grow tired As the Rabbi falls farther and farther behind his son his son ran on pretending not to see what was 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 He decided that he would never leave his father even if staying with him would be the cause of his death The German forces are so adept at breaking the spirits of the Jews that anyone 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 The reader sees this when Elies father politely asks the gypsy where the laboratories
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