In the novel Night by Elie Wiesel, why is it important for Eliezer to remember and to tell you his story/experiences during the Holocaust?

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For Elie Wiesel, author of Night, and for many other Holocaust survivors, it is important to tell their stories as witnesses of one of the most horrible times in history. By relaying the events of the Holocaust, they hope that we will be able to prevent such atrocities from ever happening again. A mantra of Holocaust survivors is "Never again." Sadly for all of them and for all of us, the telling and re-telling of their stories has not stopped genocide in its tracks. Darfur, Rwanda, Bosnia are just a few examples of the sites of recent genocides. Yet, when people like Elie Wiesel stand up and remind us, the hope is that we will do everything we can to help those who are victimized daily because of their religion or culture or the color of their skin. In Wiesel's own words, "For the dead and the living, we must bear witness."


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