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the quote i chose is; "where is god now?" along with; "wherer is he? here he is hanging here on this gallows..." that was the response Wiesel told himself when a fellow prisoner said aloud where is god. Wiesel came up struggle between life and death for a half an hour as he was baing hung. i think that Wiesel came up with such a response at such a dramatic and terrible time in the camps because he knew that even though the boy was hurting for half-an-hour; it was better then him struggling for years to come. Wiesel knew that life was hard; and for a young boy to live in fear every day just wasnt worth it. Wiesel saw God in the situations where no one else could.
"I can arrange that. for a small consideration: your shoes" p.46 I very appreciate the way Eli refused to give the assistant his shoes, he felt like it's the protection on his feet. thay to offered him bread in exchange for his shoes, he didn't gave it, but later, the shoes had taken from him in exchange for nothing! how cruel can the nazi's be, if thay took his shoes away? I don't think that they needed the shoes, thay took it only because they wanted the jows to suffer!
It was terrible and horrible to see the little boy, who the Kapos decided to hang, suffering. Children are innocent. Children are pure, and killing children in that way is something that we can't accept. That the reason that they looking for God to try to understand. It's opposite to the human nature, and when we see something that is opposite to it we try to ask God- why. Perhaps God has an answer. We, people, have no answer for that. We can't explain it, and we can't understand how the cruality can exist. "I was a body". Page 50. Eliezer was ordered to go to the dentist. He know why . He knew that they want his gold crown. Eliezer wanted to save his gold crown. He thought that it might be useful to him one day to buy breade, because all the time he was hungry. When Eliezer just come to the camp, he was a confued boy, but as long as the time passed he learned the hard way to live in the unhuman conditions of the camp. For us eating is a pleasure. For Eliezer eating was life. People in the camps died from hunger. They have not enough food. That's the reason that he felt that he were "body" and not "person" Eliezer understood that he could change the gold crown for bread that was his life. For us, today, it's hard to understand that people in the camps were hungry during years.
"As if the choice were in our hands" pg.45 I just thought that this quote had more meaning then alot of the others that I read. You had to look into what he was saying. These human beings has no say in what was going to happen to them. They could be taken to any place at any time and not know what is going on. It makes you think that you don't know what or how they feel. It just really made me think.
Quote: "For more than half an hour he stayed there, struggling between life and death, dying in slow agony, under our eyes." Page 62 This has been the most powerful quote so far in this novel. The excellent, yet horrible description of the young boy hanging and struggling gives me a disturbing image of being there. How did the Nazi's have the heart to do this? This child represented God in Wiesel's mind. It is amazing how such a small child can ri peoples hearts out the most.
this part was very touching because of the part with the gallows and the little boy, and also because of the part with the man that wanted only to get a cup of sup and was blowb up by the bombs. the part when idek hit eli's father and eli hadn't done anything about it shows us how much eli changed. morun
yes I agree this part of the story was extremely touching and moving. It was amazing of the cruelty of the German soldiers that they were willing to kill children by such an inhumane death. It was very sad that people were driven to such desperation to give up their lives just to get soup.
The first part of this chapter was very interesting. It showed the importance of property. The part with the tooth really shocked me. Franek has changed so much and only because he wanted the golden crown. Another part that talked about property was the part with Eli's shoes. The frist part also showed how Eli has changed. When he saw Idek hitting his father and did nothing it really surprised me. The second part that talked about the gallows was the harder part i've read so far, especially the part with the little boy who got hanged. The description of the hanging event was hard and shocking. So far I think the book is really interesting and great and it taught me a lot about the holocaust and the Nazis.
"Where is God now?"... Here He is�he is hanging here on this gallows. (Page 62) This is a line from the book that really catches my attention. It represents the conversion Eliezer has had over time in his relationship with God. At first, he felt that God had abandoned all of the people who became victims of the concentration camps. Eliezer�s view did not seem to have changed from physical observation until he watched the child being hung from the gallows at the camp. He began to finally realize where God truly was when other people could not. Eliezer's uncontrollable feelings cause him to understand that God was not absent, but He was hanging along with the child on the gallows. I think that this was a surprise to Eliezer because he had previously felt the same as everyone else had in the question of where God was and if God really cared about His people. I believe that a conversion back to God and faith is in the early stages for Eliezer. The terrible experience he is a victim of has also helped him to regain faith and trust in God, something that probably would never have happened in his life before being taken to the concentration camps.
Dear Uri, The quote I chose is, �Where is God now?� Along with, �Where is He? Here He is-He is hanging here on this gallows. . . .� That was the response Wiesel told himself when a fellow prisoner said aloud where is God. Wiesel came up with the response as he watched a youth of the camp struggle between life and death for a half an hour as he was being hung. I feel that Wiesel came up with such a response at such a dramatic and terrible time in the camps because he knew that even though the boy was hurting for half-an-hour, it was better then him struggling for years to come. Wiesel knew that life was hard, and for a young boy to live in fear every day just wasn�t worth it. Wiesel saw God in the situations where no one else could.
Dear Gil and Emad, Night Assignment #3- �Where is God now?� And I heard a voice within me answer him: � Where is He? Here He is- He is hanging here on this gallows�.� The quote that I picked out was on page 62. I thought that it was a very powerful passage because it was probably one of the questions that kept passsing through the minds of all of the prisoners. Where is God? What did I do to deserve this? Why isn't God looking out for me? I that that Elie's answer is also very powerful because it showed that people could still have faith and feel God's presence even though they were surrounded by questions of faith. God was there hanging in the gallows. God was the one who gave strength to those in the prison camps. God was the one who gave courage to people like the man who refused to give out names of others hiding weapons. God was the one who suffered and died with all of the people in the prison camps. God works through the lowest people in society. When we feel that we are at the lowest point in our lives, it is then that God carries us through. But sometimes people can't tell that God is with them because they don't want to believe that God would premit such a terrible and horrifying thing like the Holocaust. As I was reading, I wondered if I would have lost faith or seen God in the suffering around me. I am excited to read what you have to say about this section of the book! ~Erica
i agree with you but not all the jaws thougt like elie . the thougt that god is testing them and cleanse them because the jaws are the choosn one and the axcept this my apinoin and i want to read wait you think about it .
First of all, Thanks you so much for responding! How much of the book have you read so far? What are your thoughts on the beginning of the book? I was very happy to find a response from you! I agree with you that some of the Jews did not think like Elie. I am sure that many people lost all of thier faith during the war and at the prison camps. That is another sad effect of the Holocaust. I am working on Night Assignment 4, and I hope to hear more from you soon. I will also post a message in the getting to know you forum today, so you can go take a look at that. Hope to hear from you soon! Your friend, Erica
Dear Doron, After reading this section of the book, the quote that thought was the most important was when a man said "Where is God now?" People will often ask this question in times of of pain or when something goes wrong. Blaming somone is always the most conveniant thing to do. After Wielsel heard the man behind him saying this, he himself wondered where God was while this innocent man was being hanged simply because a difference in faith. Inside, I am sure that they all knew that God was with them. They were all so depressed and they just couldn't admit that God would permit such a terrible thing among His people. I hope to hear what you thought about this section of the book!! Jessica
hi jes o.k. i think thet same body not need to lose his theth becose this is the most importent think in the world in this page i like the same thing like u i hope to tolk with u doron.
Dear Michael here's the third night assignment. I hope you get your book soon. "Are you in good health?" pg.46 Im writing about this quote because it really struck me that they even did health checks in concentration camps. They did these checks knowing very well that most people there would probably die later anyways. The prisioners had rations and hardly ate. How can you expect someone who hasn't been eating healthy to be healthy? When the doctor checked Wiesel he asked "Are you in good health?" It was almost as if he expected him to say 'yes i am althought i havent eaten in days and i witness death everyday'. What is your opinion about the health checks? Tiffani
I thought that it was un houmen to ask this thing, when you need to work all day, to sleep for a short time, and to be in fast for few days.. but the germans were bad peaple and it was prodictable. But the most tuching moment in then story were the bome at Bona, to think that peaple are happy to be in danger, maby to be dead in few minutse, this was very tuching moment... the jows were so happy that maby it will end maby they will live a normal life... what is your opinion about the attack?
In response to your email I felt that the Britains did a great deed. They were just trying to help. I agree that it is a little odd that they wanted the Germans killed even if it meant they would die too. I think that they just wanted the Jewish people to be free and get rid of the Germans. They were willing to give their lives to save them. Well, until the next time... Tiffani
"You'll get five times more [beatings] if you dare tell anyone what you saw! Understand? p56 This invoked much thought as I read this. It is very obvious that the Nazis knew that they were doing terrible and wrong things. And they also knew that what they were doing was not for the right thing to do. I don't think that the Nazis thought that they were doing a great favor to their country, but that they were doing this for their own pleasure. It disgusts me to think that so many people would kill or sleep with other people that they should not just for the pleasure of it. That is a very evil thing.
Dear Steve, I understand you. It disgusts me too. I was really attached to the story about the French girl. It shows that the Jewish community life was so important for the Jew before the war that they kept on encourage their camp friends. I didn�t heard about story in which Jew �step on� another Jew just to live (except the Jewish Kapos, but that is another thing), if they didn�t help each other they did nothing. Noa.
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