Would God It Were Night
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Would God It Were Night The Ordeal of a Jewish Boy from Cracow-Through Auschwitz, Mauthausen, and Gusen by Zvi Barlev-Bleicher

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Published by Vantage Press .
Written in English


  • Poland,
  • Persecutions,
  • Holocaust,
  • History - General History,
  • Biography/Autobiography,
  • Personal narratives,
  • Barlev, Zvi,
  • Ethnic relations,
  • Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945),
  • Jews

Book details:

The Physical Object
Number of Pages289
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL7782605M
ISBN 100533091500
ISBN 109780533091508

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When God first begins his creation, the earth is “without form, and void; and darkness [is] upon the face of the deep” (Genesis , King James Version). God’s first act is to create light and dispel this darkness. Darkness and night therefore symbolize a world without God’s presence. In Night, Wiesel exploits this allusion. Night always occurs when suffering is worst, and its presence reflects Eliezer’s belief that he .   In Elie Wiesel's Night, Eliezer is a Jewish teenager, a devoted student of the Talmud from Sighet, in Hungarian Transylvania. In the spring of , the Nazis occupy Hungary. A series of increasingly repressive measures are passed, and the Jews of Eliezer’s town are forced into small ghettos within Sighet. Before long, they are rounded up and shipped. 4 And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness. 5 And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day. 6 And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the . "Night," by Elie Wiesel, is a work of Holocaust literature with a decidedly autobiographical slant. Wiesel based the book—at least in part—on his own experiences during World War II. Though just a brief pages, the book has received considerable acclaim, and the author won the Nobel Prize in Author: Esther Lombardi.

In the book, Night, by Elie Wiesel, is the account of Elie and his father in the Nazi concentration camps in Auschwitz and Buchenwald. The death of one man caused Elie to lose hope, and feel like. Book Summary In , in the village of Sighet, Romania, twelve-year-old Elie Wiesel spends much time and emotion on the Talmud and on Jewish mysticism. His instructor, Moshe the Beadle, returns from a near-death experience and warns that Nazi aggressors will soon threaten the serenity of their lives. Themes are the fundamental and often universal ideas explored in a literary work. Eliezer’s Struggle to Maintain Faith in a Benevolent God. Eliezer’s struggle with his faith is a dominant conflict in Night. At the beginning of the work, his faith in God is absolute. In Night, Wiesel’s relationship with God experiences ups and downs, which ultimately changes his views about God. At the very beginning of the book, Wiesel shows his strong devotion to God but as he personally experiences the Holocaust, Wiesel becomes cynical of his religious beliefs.

Loss of Faith Due to the atrocities the Jewish experienced during the Holocaust, many lost their faith in humanity and God. Many were filled with disgust, as the God they were so loyal to had abandoned them when they were subject to such cruelty. LitCharts assigns a color and icon to each theme in Night, which you can use to track the themes throughout the work. One of the main themes of Night is Eliezer's loss of religious faith. Throughout the book, Eliezer witnesses and experiences things that he cannot reconcile with the idea of a just and all-knowing God. Within the second World War were additional wars inside the minds of innocent people, or internal conflicts. God is an entity that is positioned in the hearts of the enslaved; however, when put in distress, one’s faith in God slowly begins to repress. In Elie Wiesel’s memoir, Night, the significance of the loss in.   This would agree with Revelation that the names were written before the foundation of the world and with Revelation that only those in the book of life are saved. But it would not account for why Jesus said, “ Rejoice that your names are written in heaven” (Luke ).