Night Entree Questions
The prisoners used to be happy, full of life and human. The moment the Nazis took the Jews to the trains and starved them, that all ended. They became skeleton-like and pale and dirty and hungry, always hungry. They would even kill each other for a few crumbs of bread; they would even kill their only family for it. The Nazis and non-Jews thought that it was funny that the Jews were suffering so much.
When Elie was in the camp he began to lose his faith to God. He would see all of the bodies and the smoke coming out of the crematory’s and people begging for help and he thought that God wasn’t real because no God would let there be all of this death in one place and let the Jews suffer so much from starvation, disease and murder.
Elie met a Rabbi that everybody in the camp respected, even the block leaders. Elie was in an old brick factory and the Rabbi came in and asked where his son was. It turns out that the Rabbi couldn’t keep up because he was old and tired. The son saw that his father (the Rabbi) was falling behind and he just left him behind to die. Elie said multiple times throughout the story that he would stick with his father for as long as possible.
Elie once saw that a man had hidden a piece of bread and was eating bits of it in the train car (a citizen had thrown a piece of bread in a train car to watch the Jews suffer) and Elie saw the man’s son behind him and the son jumped on the man, hitting and biting him for the piece of bread. The man was yelling “son! Son! I have a piece for you! You’re hurting me! Stop!” until the son had killed his father for a piece of bread, he was that hungry.
The novel reveals me as taking everything for granted. If I was taken out of my house with my family I probably wouldn’t survive, but I would definitely try. I take my house for granted, the food, the furniture, my school, friends, family, money, sleep etc. When they were taken to those camps, they had nothing not one thing. All they had was their family.