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Holocaust Survivor

Night Elie Wiesel

"Was I alive? Was I awake? How was it possible that men, women, and children were being burned and that the world kept silent about it?" (32) - Wiesel was and still is in a state of shock, and disbelief that this happened and no one stopped it. What's harder is that he was living through it.

"The idea of dying, of ceasing to be, began to fascinate me." (86) - At that time Elie wished and was believing that death was the right thing at that time because he wouldn't have to feel the pain of life any longer.

"From the depths of the mirror, a corpse was contemplating me. The look in his eyes as he glazed back at me never left me." (115) - It's the first time since the ghetto that he's seen a mirror to look into and when he does he realizes that he's forever changed. He's noticing he's not the same boy he was since the last time he looked at himself. He looks at himself as though he is dead because everything that he once lived for had been stolen from him which leaves him with nothing.

"Never shall I forget that night, the first night in camp, which has turned my life into one long night; seven times cursed and seven times sealed." (34) - At this time in the book i believe that he is telling us that it may be over but in his mind it is just like it was yesterday and will forever haunt him.

"We were not afriad. And yet, if a bomb had fallen on the block, it would have claimed hundreds of inmates' lives. But we no longer feared death, in any event not this particular death. Every bomb that hit filled us with joy, gave us renewed confidence." (60) - Elie and the others were not afraid of this death, because if they die some of the Germans die along with them and the allies are not there to avenge the Jews but to defend them against the Germans.


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