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the Holocaust depresses me
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Why didn't they believe Moshe the Beadle
Moshe the Beadle
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I think it�s just terrible that they didn�t believe him. If they had believed him they could have been saved or at least been prepared. However, I can understand the disbelief because if I had been in their position I would probably had a hard time coping with the fact that the awful stories of Moshe the Beadle were true. I felt annoyed by the fact that Moshe had come all this way, driven by his will to warn the people of his town and their reaction, that is understandable but yet annoying.
Hey Gal- We were really happy to finally hear from you. In response to your opinion, Becca agrees with you. However, Leah and Aliza have separate ideas. While in hindsight, it is easy for us to pass judgement on the decisions people made, we have to take into consideration that we can't fully understand the position the people of Sighet are in because we have never experienced anything of that magnitude. Since they were secure with their lives at the time, human nature makes it difficult to let one believe that a story like Moshe's would be true. People may also have thought that in the middle of the twentieth century it was unbelievable that anything comparative to what did happen, could happen. We look forward to recieving more of your opinions as we continue to discuss the book. You're pals: Leah, Becca & Aliza
Hello there- I had worked so hard on my message. Can you please try again and send me a new letter ? Shira
Hi, Idan!! We're not sure if you got our first e-mail, since the server might have been down. So, here's a fast introduction: My name is Alex, I'm 15, I like punk, pop and rock music. I like to dance, read, and hang out with my friends. Hi, I'm Eric, I'm 15, too. I like A Cappella music (music without instruments), and I listen to the bands that no one else listens to. I like to draw comics, sing, and I have a passion for Disney stuff. Now, on to the assignment! Eric: I think that Night is a very interesting book, but it's not the kind of book that I would read in my free time. Even though it has a very moving plot, it is very similar to all of the other books that I've read that take place during the Holocaust. All in all, I would say that this book is worth reading, but not if you have better things to do. Alex: What touched me most about Night is that Elie Wiesel was hardly older than I am, and already he had to give up his entire childhood in order to face the greatest tragedy and genocide that the world had seen in a long time. Throughout the whole book I tried to put myself into his shoes, which is wrong because you can't roleplay the Holocaust, but I only hope that I would have been as strong as he, and had such a force of life and desire to survive. Alex: In the first 20 pages, I found it almost impossible to believe that the entire town had worked so hard to maintain a positive outlook. They did not let the outside tragedies affect them so that they could preserve their illusions of safety. The irony is that, by not believing Moshe, they were trying to save their sanity. However, if they had beleived him maybe they could have escaped. Eric: In the first 20 pages, I thought that there was too much focus on how Elie wanted to be a Cabbalist, but now I see that it plays out later in the story. I think that the book didn't have a beginning that would make me want to read more, but under the circumstances, I really don't have much of a choice. I just hope that this story unfolds a lot quicker than it has. Otherwise, this will not be the story that I expected it to be. Hope that this e-mail project works out. We really look forward to hearing from you, and disccussing the book and other stuff with you! Sincerely, Alex and Eric P.S. We were shocked and devastated to hear about the Space Shuttle tragedy, and are especially distraught to hear that the first Israeli astronaut did not make it back. Ilan Ramon was most certainly a hero in many ways, and he has our condolences.
Hello Alex, I am Idan's English teacher. To respond to Idan's message, you must use the reply button and not new message button, then you will be able to see how the discussion is progressing. Thanks. Susan.
hello maya, i cant really read or watch anything that pertains to trhe holocaust for long. it is extreamly depressing and i dont enjoy it, even if it is written or scripted well. i am having a immence problem answering these questions. but ill try. moshe the beadle was a guy who was a little on the crazy side. so the people decided to disreagard the outragious claims made by him. sometimes denial is a way to save one's sanity. but i truly do beleive that they should ahve taken heed to what he said -Andy Markowitz, Febuary 5th, 2003
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hhi, thank you for your very interesting and helpful comments oon our work. we hope in the future u will comment on more than just our simple errors. thank you for your comments. -Andy and Aaron
Sorry about not writing you yet. We're regular kids. We like music, sports, and stuff. Actually, i'm only matt. Cary's busy going to sensitivity training because he was involved in a rumble at a basketball game. It was a very interesting first section of the book. In hindsight, it is obvious that the townspeople should have listened to Moshe the Beadle because we know of the horrible occurrences that indeed happened during the Holocaust. At the time, it is understandable why they did not believe him. In the modern era, it is hard to accept such terrible and horrific things could be happening to others and will soon happen to you. The townspeople wished to deny what happened and say how it didn't happen.Denial is undoubtedly a way of keeping one's sanity. If you knew of you inevitable demise because someone else told you about it, you would be sacred, wouldn't you? Did you notice Moshe's change? they should have noticed it. That is a big reason that they should have been able to know his comments were true. In closing, a man walked into a bar. He said, "Ouch!" P.S.- get it? c'mon, you have to. It was a metal bar, not a drinking bar! WHOA!
Hey Matt and Cary, how are you? hope you're fine and all. Sorry for not writing to you until now, I've been sort of busy lately. (yeah right, I'm just lazy really...) I was actually glad to see your reply to my forum entry for some reason... O_o I usually don't really care about stuff like this so I'm well surprised. Anyway, if you want to, you can add me on msn messenger, my email address is email@example.com . Well, thats about everything I have to say at the moment so talk to you soon. byebye
Shalom Maya, I think that to discuss Night in terms of "what would you do?" is a disgrace to the memory of all those who died. So, I am not going to role play the Holocaust like my teacher does. Also, we can not try to figure out their thought process because they were in a situation that we as Jews in 2003 can't even fathom. Sincereley, Aaron Fraint - Februray 5, 2003
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hey Yaron! Hows life going? We have no received a letter from you yet. We hear that you are reading the book "Night". Do you like it? Amanda really enjoys reading about the holocaust and so does Emma. What type of assignments have you been doing? We have to write journals a lot! How is school going? Do you get a lot of work? Well we hope to hear from you soon! Talk to you later! ~Amanda and Emma
I'm sorry, it is body-trap instead of "booby-trap"
The Jews of Sighet were faced with a major dilemma, only they believed it to be an unimportant hassle as they dismissed it straight away. This dilemma was whether to believe Moshe the Beadle�s stories of the forest of Glacia and the slaughter of the deported Jews by the Gestapo. It is an excruciating annoyance to behold the knowledge that the Jews of Sighet and probably many more could have been saved from their horrific deaths if only they had believed the stories from the miraculous escapees, such as Moshe the Beadle, or have they ignored the propaganda and prepared for what was coming. It is frustrating that so many lives could have been saved. However, what�s done is done and cannot be altered. Continuing on the subject, I would have most probably acted in the same way in which the other Jews of Sighet have acted. For instance, I would have completely denied the stories of Moshe the Beadle and pass them of as tales. There would be many reasons for this reaction. I would have acted that way as I would have believed that such inhuman acts could not go on at all at any time and I would have been convinced that such occurrences happening would be too farfetched without anyone knowing of it. Therefore, unless I saw some evidence first hand, I would have never believed Moshe the Beadle.
Hey Guy, We agree with your views on Moshe the Beadle and the people of Sighet's reactions to his warnings of the imminent horrific events. It is unfortunate that the people of Sighet did not believe Moshe the Beadle, for if they did they possibly would have fled and survived the Holocaust. How were the people to know that his warnings were in fact the truth? One cannot blame the people for thinking optimistically rather than pesimistically. If we were in the same situation, we would not have taken Moshe the Beadle's warnings as those of a sane person. We wouldn't believe that it would be possible for such inhumane occurences to happen in the 20th century.
Hey, I am surprisingly ecstatic that you agree with my thoughts. Normally, I am not an extremely opinionated person and find it quite difficult to express myself. Therefore, after working long and hard on my forum entry, I am really glad you liked it and agreed with it. It�s too bad I cannot work as often as you may on the forum, as I do not have internet access, because I have recently (at September) moved house. If you ever wish to, you may e-mail me at Suicidal_Maniac24@Hotmail.Com�
Nice work Guy. It is frustrating when we know the outcome of their actions some 50 years later.
Adi - Although you did not write about pages 1-20 in "Night," I discovered some interesting points in the story that may be beneficial to our studies. The peoples' refusal to believe Moshe's warnings were understandable given the situation at the time. Whether or not the Jews of Sighet believed Moshe was oversahdowed by the fact that they CHOSE not to believe him. How would you feel if someone rushed into your city after a 2-year absence proclaiming things that you considered to be crazy? This was the exact reaction by the townspeople because they wanted to lead their lives without constantly worrying about the Nazis. The Jews of Sighet also denied the fact that they would be victims of Nazi persecution. One of the characters said that the war was far away and would never reach the village. If someone told you that a dictator was targeting Jews for violence, would you just leave your home/everything you've ever known and start a new life somewhere else? On September 11th, 2001, Islamic Extremists flew aircrafts into the World Trade Center buildings. Watching the events on TV seemed surreal and unbelievable, and it took me hours to full realize the extent of the situation. I'm sure that somewhere in the back of my mind I realized what was happening, but at the time I actually CHOSE not to believe it. That's how unreal it was for me. I just couldn't bring myself to believe what was happening.
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