World War II

In Glogpedia

by DylanCohen
Last updated 5 years ago

Social Studies
World War II

Toggle fullscreen Print glog
World War II

World War II.

1940 - 1941

Elie, despite his new found disbelief in God, found himself appealing to him at times. "In spite of myself, a prayer rose in my heart, to that God in whom I no longer believed in" "My God,Lord of the Universe, give me strength never to do what Rabbi Eliahou's son has done." (Chapter 6, Page 67) Elie still may have believed in God at heart at this time, or he simply may have been reassuring himself that he needed to keep his father alive.

Thesis: Elie's dependency on God waned in the face of the devastation, terror, and destruction caused by the Nazis; Elie then realized that God would not save him or any other prisoners, and that he had to save himself and not leave it to the arbitrary chance that God somehow might intervene. Throughout the book, Elie struggles to maintain his faith, conflicted due to his worship of God before and new found resentment at God in the present.


1942 - 1943



""What are you my God," I thought angrily. Compared to this afflicted crowd, proclaiming their faith, their anger, their revolt? What does your greatness mean, Lord of the Universe, in the face of all this weakness, this decomposition, and this decay? Why do you still trouble their sick minds, their crippled bodies?" (Chapter 5, Page 49) This quote displays Elie's anger at God for being silent in the face of people offering their prayers and hopes to him.

To some degree, it can be seen from Elie's point of view that God may have been "murdered" by the Nazis. "Never shall I forget that smoke. Never shall I forget the faces of the children, whose bodies I saw turned into wreaths of ash beneath a silent blue sky. Never shall I forget the flames which consumed my faith forever."(Chapter 3, Page 25) and "Where is God now?" "Where is he? Here he is- he is hanging here on the gallows..." (Page 4, Chapter 48) It can be concluded that the line "The silent blue sky" is a reference to God's ignorance to the murder and incineration of children. Elie would've expected the sky to be storming and thrashing, but the sky was as calm and serene as ever, leading to his faith "being consumed by the flames."

Elie defiantly refused to pray to God during the ordeal and refused to partake in daily worship by the captive Jews. "For the first time, I felt revolt rise up in me. Why should I bless his name? The Eternal, Lord of the Universe, the All-Powerful and Terrible, was silent. What had I to thank him for?" (Chapter 3, Page 25) This shows Elie was angered at God to point of refusing to hold his name as sacred and hallowed, failing to see how God would allow this to happen without divine intervention.

The Map of Europe during World War II


    There are no comments for this Glog.