In the book Night, what are the results of the struggle of faith in Akiba Drumer?

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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When Eliezer says that he will never be able to forget that first night in Auschwitz because it "murdered" his faith in God, I think that Akiba Drumer's predicament speaks loudest to such a condition.  When Akiba loses his faith, it is a moment that there is little redemption in the Holocaust.  The source of so much in way of spirituality, Akiba continues to encourage those around him that all they endure is simply a test.  Akiba's boundless faith is a faint hope that there can be spiritual redemption and that the Nazis have not succeeded in murdering God.  Yet, when he loses faith, and ends up wandering in a daze, caused by a lack of direction and an abdication of spiritual self, it is another confirmation that God is absent for those who suffer in the Holocaust.  The "murder" of God is something that is seen with the loss of Akiba's faith.  It helps to be reinforce the idea that the horror of the Holocaust is something whose true terror resided in the level of psychological or emotional cruelty that the perpetrators were able to inflict on the victims.  The physical violations were on the same level as the internal ones, as demonstrated through the character of Akiba Drumer.

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