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What are the political and social implications of the book Night by Elie Wiesel?

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rshanae1 | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 3) eNoter

Posted October 24, 2011 at 7:35 AM via web

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What are the political and social implications of the book Night by Elie Wiesel?

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missy575 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted October 24, 2011 at 7:57 AM (Answer #1)

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Night is Elie Wiesel's autobiographical account of the Nazi's terrible impact on European Jews during the 1940s.

Politically, Night illustrates the ignorance of a people. The Germans were so easily persuaded that Jews living among them must be treated according to Hilter's view that Jews were inferior, and Aryan peoples were superior. The Jews living in Hungary (and all across Europe for that matter) were treated with equal disdain and Hilter began to incorporate his plan for the mass destruction of the Jews with Hungary. This government was in transition and sucseptible to manipulation. The lesson Night teaches to local and national governments is to know what you stand for especially when it comes to conditions of human dignity.

Socially, Night demonstrates the ignorance of a people... the Jews. The Jews had multiple opportunities to flee. The Jews completely out-numbered the Nazis in concentration camps. Something could have been done well before this situation to revolt or overthrow the ruling class. This example reminds societies to value human life and to never allow genocide of this type to happen again in history.

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