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the only thing i could think while reading, was shock. in that point, it was only the begining of the jerny. as people who were just got ripped off from ther lives home and rutin, i think they handle it well, much better then i would. it was an unbarible situation- from an everyday life, suddenly they are being brought to a riality that the only pepose of the life is -to survive. in the point when eli talks about running to the electrick fence and die in a quick way i thought about that boys thought, that dosnt even know what horrors his futer is holding, and allready in the begging he wants to finish it in a quick way... so if then he wanted to die when he didnt realy suffered yet (if i compair it with his suffering later), how come that in much worst situations, he did everything to live? i cant answear that, only guess.
"That humanity would never tolerate it" (Page 30) Our logic and owr soul can't accept the idea that human beings can burn babies, children, man and women jest because they were Jews. So, for Eliezer, a boy who was 15 years old, it was even harder. He saw how the Gestapo send people to the crematories and he was shocked. He stopped to believe in humanity and he believed that humanity isn't concerned. According to his father, with Jews everything is allowed. For Eliezer, who was just a kid, the world has to be optimistic, but for him everything was changed. From this point the world start to be a terrifite place, with no rules, no tolerence and no humanity.
"For the first time, I felt revolt rise up in me..." (Page 31). Until today, people try to find an answer to the question: where was God at the Holocaust, and how God allowed it. Eliezer, who prayed all the years to God, asked himself the same question. He lost his faith in God, he was dissappoint and his religion world was broken. He thought that there are no reason to believe in God anymore, that can see the terrible things and do nothing at all.
"I became A-7713. After that I had no other name." (page 39). I pick this Quote because this sentence shows the whole situation of the Holocaust.Its hard to hear that the Nazis took everything from the Jewish' s even their names, they had become a number! that shows us humiliation to the Jewish community.
"Humanity? Humanity is not concerned with us. Today anything is allowed. Anything is possible ,even these crematories..." pg 30 This quote basiclly means that to hte Germans, the Jews were not even humas. Also that killing them was not being cruel or bad, it had noe effect on them at all. This quote just shows how the Germans expressed how they feel about the Jews and their lives, they don't care. They belittled a whole race of people by making them less then people or humans. They were nothing compared to them.
hi kevin? how are you? After I read these pages I was stunned *Page 33: �Not cry? We're on the threshold of death..." This part was annoyed me that people on the train had to hit Madam Schachter on the head to stop her screams .Why they think this is human to do something like that?. i also was surprised when although people knew that they are going to die, they didn't lose faith in god. Their religion was so hard if they still believe in god. From stories that I heard there was some people that the whole faight save their lives. * The paragraph that truly shocked me the most was: Page 39: "I became A-7713. After that I had no other name." Its so hard to hear that the Nazis took everything even the Jewish' s names. The Jewish did not knows them self I mean the Nazis took their name and the personality that behind their names. I think that if someone will take my name and I will be for him just a number I would be humiliated. In the Holocaust the Jewish were treated like animals as object meant to serve the Nazis.
Page 39: "I became A-7713. After that I had no other name." I pick that Quot because this sentence shows the whole situation of the Holocaust, he had become a nomber! He lost his personalaty, he worth nothing!
I Know what you mean about how that quote...It caught my attention as well. The though of someone getting just a number to replace their name, their total identidy, and their life. All of the worth of their life was taken from them when they were stripped of their identities.
Hi, I think that the reason behind giving them a nomber was that they didn't wanted the jews feels like humen, they want jews to feel that they don't raelly have the right to live, that it's a crime that they living good life. They gave that nombers to humiliate them.
Dear Ben, Lines like that are very shocking. What's even more shocking is the fact that this all actually happened. It seems so scary that there are people that actually feel that bad and hate their lives that much that they would actually kill themselves. I could never do that. I can't even imagine feeling that bad. I would hate having to go through all of that and live like they did. The line "surely it was a dream" is very upsetting to me too. How can people live through all of that torture and then think that it was a dream? Probably because it was so horrible they felt that they could never endure something like that in real life. I hope that I never have to go through anything like that in my life, or anyone else for that matter. Kristin
It shocked me when the young men hit Madame Schachter, especially in front of her child. I think they did this because they were afraid and nervous and because they knew that they were going to die. Another thinf that shcoked me was Auschwitz. Everything there was so cruel and non-human. The Jews who got there were treated like dogs. They were forced to go naked while it was cold and the families were seperated. If one didn't do ad the Germans said they shot him on the spot and punished the rest. The only sign of hope was the prisoner in charge who treadted to the other Jews like human beings. This part of the story really shocked me and taught me much about Auschwitz.
"The Eternal, Lord of the Universe, the All-powerful and Terrible, was silent. What had I to thank him for?"- page 31 I thought this quote was the most interesting. Elie did not find it fit to thank God, because God had not saved them from going to Aushwitz. I think Wiesel was turning against God, and it was because he felt that there could be no God with all the death present at Aushwitz. Wiesel and his family were sent to Auchwitz and experienced and saw great pain and suffering. In response, he felt he could not praise him, or recognize him for, or even believe in him for. Brian Elliott
Quotation: "I became A-7713. After that I had no other name." found on page 39 This quote shows a lot about the serious impact of the Holocaust. By being phisically scared with a number as a name is an example of the way human dignity was taken away. I can't imagine looking at that number everyday and having to remember the concentration camps. By having a number as a name you lose your classification as a person. I feel very lucky to live in a place where I am protected from that hatred. However, we can't forget what happened for their will be threat of a second Holocaust.
"children cried for water... water mummy water..." this quote really shocked me, because it emphasizes how poor they were, even water which is a basic thing they could'nt have. little kids cried for water, even not food- only water but they couldn't have it.
Dear Yael, I agree with you. It is a shame that the children could not recieve even the most neccesary necessaties. How could one human being do that to another human being. Kevin
Dear Lea, When I was reading pages 21-43 i read alot of interesting quotes. the one that i found most interesting was when elie's dad says to him "Humanity? Humanity is not concernedwith us." This kind of gives you an insight to what they were going through at this point in the camps. Also this is when the Jews were starting to lose hope in ever getting out of the camps alive. Also this is when the Jews finally realized that the Germans were in absolute control over their lives and they couldn't do anything about it. I hope everthing is going good for you over in Isreal everyhting is fine over here except the weather is very cold and snowy. Don
hi. i also think that in the camp the Jews understand in the first time the hard situation. the prove is when Elie said :"Never shall I forget that night,... which has turned my life into one long night ..." (you can read it all in page 32.) Madame Schachter got crazy in the train and i think everyone can lose his mind when he lose his reason to life, and Madame Schachter reason was her son and husband that she was separated from in the beginning. lea
Page 32 �Never shall I forget that night, the first night in camp, which has turned my life into one long night, seven times cursed and seven times sealed. Never shall I forget that smoke. Never shall I forget the little faces of children, whose bodies I saw turned into wreaths of smoke beneath a silent blue sky. Never shall I forget those flames which consumed my faith forever. Never shall I forget the nocturnal silence which deprived me, for all eternity, of the desire to live. Never shall I forget those moments which murdered my God and my soul and turned my dreams to dust. Never shall I forget these things, even if I am condemned to live as long as God Himself. Never. The quote I picked out was on page 32. I think this quote is the perfect model of the book. This is the quote that begins everything and ties everything together. This paragraph represents the horrors of the Holocaust in the truest sense. The terrors at Auschwitz are summed up in this one paragraph better than volumes of reference books ever could describe it. No one reading this could possible imagine what is was like to truly be present on that night in Auschwitz, including me. I can�t believe how horrible it really was, and I wonder what those hundred of people were feeling that night. Shock, terror, and confusion, I�m sure. They must have had an amazing amount of courage to even survive. The most terrible thing of all is that everyone that survived these horrors, like Wiesel, can see these pictures and remember that night every single day. Just like Wiesel said, many people�s faiths and spirits were killed that first night.
Night Assignment #2: " �Remember it forever. Engrave it into your minds. You are at Auschwitz. And Auschwitz is not a convalescent home. It�s a concentration camp.�" I choose this passage because although the SS officer was only talking to the Jews, his message was universal. At the time only the Jews who were in the concentration camps knew the torture and suffering involved. The general public had no idea of this pain, at the time. Today we can look at the SS officer�s message and remember or "engrave into our minds" what happened in Auschwitz. Ironically most Jews never lived to "remember it forever", especially those Jews sent to Auschwitz. Furthermore, most survivors chose not to burden their lives and the lives of their children with the so-called "engraved" memories of Auschwitz. The words of the SS officer echo the hatred that was the Nazi regime. We must never forget the atrocities that took place at Auschwitz and countless other Nazi concentration camps. Hopefully, these experiences and memories shall serve as a guide for caution and action to prevent any other horrific act of cruelty.
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