Among those Jews who lives were totally uprooted was a devout fourteen-year-old student of the Talmud, Eliezer Wiesel. Two interrelated concerns are woven throughout the narrative:
The newly established Nazi regime in Germany was violently critical of the Norwegian Nobel Committee, and German citizens were forbidden to accept Nobel prizes in the future. This type of reaction was in a way so predictable that it can be ignored.
What we ought to be more interested in, on the other hand, is the type of reaction which came from countries other than Germany. Many were of course delighted, but there were also many commentators who were sceptical. Leading figures in politics and the press expressed the opinion that Ossietzky was too extreme in his warnings and revelations.
Some believed him to be a communist. In any case, it was argued, the cause of peace was poorly served by a Peace Prize which seemed to be a direct provocation of the German government. The existence of such reactions was obviously partly a result of judging the Hitler regime by current political and moral criteria.
Most people were, in contrast to Ossietzky, unable to recognise the deadly threat to democracy which was developing. Of course one disagreed with Hitler, but when is one not in disagreement with politicians? At least there was now a strong and active government, and Hitler was of course a democratically elected leader… Most people feared some sort of unavoidable catastrophe.
But only a few suspected the extent of what was happening — and it is precisely because of this blindness that the catastrophe was allowed to happen.
Carl von Ossietzky had insight. He has the courage and ability to tell of what he saw, and therefore acted as an unafraid witness for truth and justice. His testimony was, however, also his doom — Ossietzky did not survive his meeting with the terrible regime which had established itself in the heart of Europe.
Today, fifty years later, the Peace Prize is to be presented to one who survived. Inon the ashes left behind after the sacrificial flames which annihilated six million Jews, sat the seventeen-year-old Elie Wiesel, an only son of Abraham, an Isaac who once again had escaped a sacrificial death on Mount Moriah at the last moment.
He will receive the Nobel Peace Prize today because he, too, has become a witness for truth and justice. From the abyss of the death camps he has come as a messenger to mankind — not with a message of hate and revenge, but with one of brotherhood and atonement.
He has become a powerful spokesman for the view of mankind and the unlimited humanity which is, at all times, the basis of a lasting peace.
Elie Wiesel is not only the man who survived — he is also the spirit which has conquered. In him we see a man who has climbed from utter humiliation to become one of our most important spiritual leaders and guides. The Nobel Committee believes it is vital that we have such guides in an age when terror, repression, and racial discrimination still exist in the world.
It is appropriate that there is a Nobel Peace Prize at both ends of that bridge. Elie Wiesel was born on the 30th of September in the Romanian town of Sighet in the Carpathians.
He and his three sisters grew up in a peaceful family which was strongly bound by Jewish traditions and the Jewish religion. Elie was fourteen years old when the deportation of Hungarian Jews began. There he saw his mother and youngest sister sent to the gas chambers. Later, his father died while being transported to Buchenwald.In Night, Elie Wiesel employs diction and syntax to show the dehumanizing effects that Holocaust had on him and his fellow prisoners.
It's hard for most to imagine what it's like to be dehumanized to such an extent as we saw during the the Holocaust. Night by Elie Wiesel (Option III) The Holocaust was the cause of death of over million Jews and million non-Jews (McFee) in only about 7 years time.
The years that the Holocaust took place were from (McCarthy). In “The America I love” Elie Weisel gives a little background as to why America will always have a special place in his heart. In the ’s, Elie was a subject of the Holocaust.
As a young Jewish man, he was put into Buchenwald Concentration Camp simply because of his religious background. "Night Characters - Moshe the Beadle Character Map Night by Elie Wiesel Elie Character Information: Effect on Wiesel's faith: Importance/Effect on Elie" "Night by Elie Wiesel is an autobiography of a Holocaust survivor.".
THEMES - THEME ANALYSIS. Major Theme. The main theme of Night is man's inhumanity to his fellow man, as seen in the persecution and torture of the Jews due to Hitler's prejudice against them. In the beginning of the book, the persecution begins when the Germans occupy Sighet.
- Night by Elie Wiesel Night is a memoir written by Elie Wiesel, a young Jewish boy, who tells of his experiences during the Holocaust. Elie is a deeply religious boy whose favorite activities are studying the Talmud and spending time at the Temple with his spiritual mentor, Moshe the Beadle.