Hello and welcome back to another book blog! Reading 20 minutes every day was something that was really tough for me to do throughout this semester but I am thankful that I was able to read more books than I’ve ever had. As of right now, I am currently in the middle of reading Night by Elie Wiesel. Night is an autobiography/memoir about Wiesel experience with his father in a concentration camp during WWII. Throughout the book he expresses his emotions towards the Nazis and questions his faith in God’s justice.
After Elie and his father arrive at Auschwitz-Bikenau (concentration/extermination camp) and find out that they have the potential of being burned alive, he claims, "Never shall I forget the small faces of the children whose bodies I saw transformed into smoke under a silent sky. Never shall I forget the flames that consumed my faith forever. Never should I forget the nocturnal silence that deprived me for all eternity of the desire to live" (Wiesel 34).
I don't think anyone can really put into words the kind of suffering that was thrown at these people for simply being. The hate, the brutality, the pain that these people had to face is something so unimaginable. How could another human being bestow that onto another human being? I am not Jewish. I'm a Christian, so in a way there is a disconnect with me and this history but the only way I feel connected is because I am a human and no human being should be treated in that sense. If someone removed everything away from me for what I believed in I don't know how much longer I would be able to proclaim my faith just like Elie. Something even crazier is that these concentration camps were not far away from cities and the fact that people knew millions of Jews were being killed but most people did not do anything about it. This book reminds me of North Korea because concentration camps still exist there. You can see that history is once again repeating itself. Almost 70 years have passed since the end of WWII but this violence still exists and here we are, privileged high school students and adults complaining about the things we deserve. Here we are...