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Elie Wiesel wrote the book Night, as a way to comes to terms with his experience during the Holocaust. He wanted people to see the story from the perspective of a man and his father who had endured what many other Jews had experienced. He also wanted the world to know the atrocities of war and the concentration camps.
One of the most important messages evident in Wiesel's writing is his recognition that any man or woman, no matter how the person was raised, can be manipulated by a strong presence or leader. The manipulation can be deep enough to make a man or women become someone very different and cruel.
The Holocaust Memorial Museum is similar to Wiesel's book, because the memorial does not sugarcoat the truth. Instead, the memorial makes each of the victims become an individual to the people who walk through it. By individualizing a population, one becomes more aware of a concept and can give meaning to it. In terms of the Holocaust, by connecting people to the tragic events, people begin to relate to what happened in a different manner. Weisel did this with his book. He connected people to a person, himself, and led people to the Holocaust as seen through the eyes of a concentration camp incarcerated Jew. Both the Memorial and Weisel's book serve a similar purpose. The purpose is to get the message about the Holocaust and the behavior of humanity to as many different people as possible. By remembering, people can learn from the mistakes of the Holocaust, and how easily people were manipulated, and how cruel people could become. However, it is in the remembering that one can find a reason that the events of the Holocaust should never happen again.
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