Elie Wiesel’s book Night chronicles the horrors he endured in the Nazi death camps. People became inured to death because it was all around them all the time. For instance, Elie’s interaction with another prisoner, Juliek, shows just how much people became inured to death. Elie and Juliek watch a hanging. Juliek whispers, “Will it be over soon? I'm hungry."
These feelings also make them turn away from God. Wiesel asks himself, “What are You, my God? I thought angrily.” However, every now and then, the prisoners are able to recall their humanity. One such time occurs during the execution of a young boy with “a delicate and beautiful face.” Called “the little pipel,” the boy was beloved by the inmates. Suspecting that he had helped sabotage a power plant, the SS condemn him to death. The little pipel is hanged.
One day, as...
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