How does the importance of family help the reader connect to the story Night by Elie Wiesel?

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Family is something that most people have experience with and strong feelings about. Even if we have disagreements or suffer hardships with our parents, grandparents, and siblings, we are bound to them and feel a sense of obligation to them. Throughout Night, Wiesel and his family are taken from the Jewish ghetto they lived in and sent to Auschwitz-Birkenau. Amidst all of the violence and insecurity of the Holocaust, Wiesel's family remained a constant for him. In being moved from ghetto to ghetto, they were still together as a family. In spite of all the terrible things happening, at least that one thing was constant. Family can offer a sense of stability and reaffirm our identities even in the most troubled of times, which is why it is all the more unfortunate that Wiesel lost his mother, sister, and father in the concentration camp. 

Upon arrival, Wiesel's mother and sister were separated from him and killed, while he and his father were sent to labor. By the end of the book, Wiesel's father died due to malnutrition and dysentery. Wiesel's world changed dramatically not only for the fact that he had been sent to a concentration camp, but that the one constant he had relied on was taken from him. Such a message really hits home, as most of us can understand and appreciate the stability family offers in trying times.