Explain the lessons in the book Night that Professor Weisel intended us to learn as a result of what happened to him during the Holocaust.  

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In my opinion, the book Night teaches us several lessons the world needs to remember.  When Moishe the Beadle returns from deportation to warn the others about the death of all the deported, the people do not believe him.  Remembering that Hitler took over a democratic, Christian country and promptly declared laws which destroyed that democracy, we need to stay informed about what is happening in our country and the world.  Comparisons have been made to the current climate of helping the wealthy corporations and ignoring the poor.  Another lesson is the isolation which happened in the death camps where each person tried so hard to survive that the others in the camp became meaningless. This is a warning that we must not forget the common good where we invest in our youth, help those who need help, and keep the ideas that our country is only as strong as the weakest among us.  We cannot forget that we survive and do well together.  I believe that the third lesson is that we all need a personal connection to some other person in order to live our lives well.  As Wiesel is connected to his father, we also must invest ourselves in someone, or the world around us means less than it should.  I don't mean a husband or wife; I mean that we must care about someone enough to make us do whatever it takes to help.  These are very personal opinions, so I hope they help you with your paper.

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