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Please explain the theme and idea of witness in chapter 5 of Night by Elie Wiesel.

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The horrible events of the Holocaust are only known and remembered today because witnesses have testified to the world about what they experienced. Night is Elie Wiesel's testimony. 

Chapter five begins with the Jewish prisoners on the night before Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. While thousands of Jews testify to the goodness and sovereignty of God, Elie's spirit testifies to the fact that God has turned His back on His people and yet they have survived.

I no longer pleaded for anything. I was no longer able to lament. On the contrary, I felt very strong. I was the accuser, God the accused. My eyes had opened and I was alone, terribly alone in a world without God, without man. Without love or mercy. I was nothing but ashes now, but I felt myself to be stronger than this Almighty to whom my life had been bound for so long. In the midst of these men assembled for prayer, I felt like an observer, a stranger.

When Elie and the others are getting ready for...

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