Loss Of Innocence In Elie Wiesel's Night

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During WWII, the Jews went through many changes that forever affected their lives. The torture they endured was unimaginable and horrific. It is extremely hard to believe that what the people in the concentration camps had to go through was caused by people, Hitler and the Nazis. The story is still told today, to make sure it is remembered, so that the millions of people did not die for nothing. Many different stories are told from many points of view, but an insider’s story is always the most compelling. In the memoir Night, these stories are told in a way that makes the reader visualize everything that happened. In Night, by Elie Wiesel, it is shown how the concentration camps were among the worst places in history, because the prisoners lost their innocence, their faith, and were dehumanized. Loss of innocence was a …show more content…
Even Jews outside of the concentration camps were forced to do horrible tasks. Such as when Moishe the Beadle was taken out to the forest with other Jews, where they had to dig trenches and then were shot and fell into the trench. Eventually, everyone had to get used to the tasks and conditions, or they would end up dead, whether through being murdered by the Nazis, or dying because they couldn’t handle it. Most people began to turn into machines, rather than people. “The Kapos were beating us again, but I no longer felt the pain.” (36) when someone is being beaten and has gotten used to it, it is because it happens often and has lost some of their emotions, slowly turning into a machine-like being. They didn’t feel emotion and did everything they were told to without thinking. “Our legs moved mechanically, in spite of us, without us”(87) they didn’t even have to think about running, they just did because they knew if they didn’t, they would be shot and killed. They had no choice, they were forced to turn into