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I think that Wiesel succeeded in writing Night.

One reason that it is a success lies in the meaning of his work.  With Night , Wiesel has added a new dimension to the study of the Holocaust.  In 1967, Wiesel asserted that “In the beginning there was the Holocaust. We...

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I think that Wiesel succeeded in writing Night.

One reason that it is a success lies in the meaning of his work.  With Night, Wiesel has added a new dimension to the study of the Holocaust.  In 1967, Wiesel asserted that “In the beginning there was the Holocaust. We must therefore start over again.”  Night represents one way to "start over again" because it probes the nature of religious faith.  There are significant moments in Night where spiritual identity is integral to understanding the Holocaust.  From Moshe the Beadle's belief that true faith means asking questions more than it means receiving answers, especially to the problems of where God is at the moment a child is executed and of Akiba Drumer's insistence that the others recite the Khaddish for him, Wiesel has succeeded in embedding the role of the divine into the study of the Holocaust.

One of the basic questions that guides most examples of Holocaust studies is how human beings could permit such cruelty to exist. Wiesel's Night is successful because it places God in this discussion.  In initiating a way to "start over again," Night has to be seen as successful because it forces the reader to ask questions about the role of the divine in human suffering.

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