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Elie Wiesel

What message does Elie Wiesel want to convey in his speech "The Perils of Indifference"?

Elie Wiesel's speech "The Perils of Indifference" condenses the essence of its message into the title, though it is a more general condemnation of indifference than the word "perils" might suggest....

Latest answer posted November 19, 2019 11:03 am UTC

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Why Was Moshe The Beadle Important To Elie Wiesel

In a way, Moshe the Beadle's story is an allegory for Elie Wiesel's own story. Moshe the Beadle sees firsthand the horror of what awaits the Jews, and he attempts to share this experience with...

Latest answer posted February 16, 2020 2:44 am UTC

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In Night, why is author Elie Wiesel summoned to the dentist?

Eliezer is summoned to the dentist because the gold crown on one of his teeth is going to be extracted. The Nazis, in addition to confiscating the money and property of Jews, stole anything else...

Latest answer posted October 20, 2018 3:05 am UTC

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In Chapter 6 of "Night," how did Zalman die?

In Chapter Six of Night, the prisoners are forced to run through the snow "like automatons" by SS forces; anyone who slows down is shot to death, an act in which the SS takes great pleasure....

Latest answer posted June 13, 2016 1:09 am UTC

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How did the soldiers react to finding Buchenwald?

Near the end of Night, Elie Wiesel realizes that the lines of battle are approaching Buchenwald. The SS prepares one last effort at resistance: The battle did not last long. Toward noon everything...

Latest answer posted October 26, 2019 2:24 pm UTC

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How do paragraphs 15-16 contribute to the development of the text’s central idea?

I believe you may have miscounted by one, and it is actually paragraphs 16-17 that can be seen to develop the central ideas of Wiesel's Night, as you suggest. I'll quote them, the two brief...

Latest answer posted December 30, 2019 6:25 am UTC

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Elie Wiesel-"The Perils of Indifference"-Why does he think indifference on the part of America endangers the entire...

I agree with akannan's post to your question. I want to add that the kind of indefference that is being discussed by Elie Wiesel is the kind of head turning that the German people did during the...

Latest answer posted July 23, 2009 2:06 am UTC

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At the end of the book Wiesel describes himself as a corpse. In what way did he die during the holocaust?   night by...

There are sadly so many ways to answer this question. Perhaps, one way in which Eliezer died was with the death of his faith, something he was relegated to questioning and denouncing with the...

Latest answer posted April 11, 2010 8:56 am UTC

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Analyze the audience to whom Wiesel is addressing in his speech, "The Perils of Indifference."

The original question had to be edited down. I think that the audience Wiesel is addressing in his speech is a unique mix of individuals. On one hand, Wiesel is clearly mindful that part of his...

Latest answer posted February 17, 2013 9:46 pm UTC

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How does deportation change Moshe?

When Moshe is deported, he is witness to the true horror of the Nazis. He understands, probably before anyone else in Sighet, what "the Final Solution" really entails. There can be no denial in...

Latest answer posted March 2, 2010 8:01 pm UTC

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In section six of Night, what happened to anyone who could not keep up during the march?  

In chapter six of his memoir Night, Elie Wiesel depicts the harrowing forced march from Buna to Gleiwitz in the middle of winter. With SS guards hounding them at every step, the Jews are made to...

Latest answer posted April 25, 2016 3:37 pm UTC

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During one hanging Elie and the other prisoners cried. What made this hanging different from others?

In Chapter 4, Elie witnesses the horrific, tragic execution of a young pipel, who is hanged in front of the prisoners. What makes the pipel's execution particularly difficult to watch is the way he...

Latest answer posted February 27, 2018 8:50 pm UTC

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What do you think Wiesel means when he says, "He [God] has been hanged here, on the gallows"?

In Night, Elie Wiesel recounts a nightmare of reality which is not merely his own experience as a Holocaust survivor, but is in some ways symbolic of all human suffering, especially that of other...

Latest answer posted April 13, 2018 8:49 pm UTC

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To which emotion is Elie Wiesel trying to appeal in The Perils of Indifference?

Elie Wiesel was 15-years-old when he was imprisoned in and eventually liberated from German concentration camps. He has subsequently spent the next 70 years with one main mission: warning the rest...

Latest answer posted January 20, 2015 2:16 am UTC

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Does Elie Wiesel show any bias in his "The Perils of Indifference" speech?    

I believe that Elie Wiesel always shows bias and does in this speech The Perils of Indifference as well. His bias is that the world and its people should not be indifferent to the suffering of the...

Latest answer posted August 28, 2012 6:14 pm UTC

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What is the overall message Wiesel is trying to convey about fathers and sons?

Wiesel does not focus his work and writing exclusively on the relationship between fathers and sons. His advocacy for greater understanding of the Holocaust is more general in scope. Wiesel's...

Latest answer posted November 12, 2013 11:53 am UTC

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Consider the idea(s) the author develops regarding circumstances that compel individuals to respond. Discuss the...

The circumstances that Elie Wiesel presents in Night are some of the most challenging to which any individual might ever have to respond. Wiesel reveals to the reader the doubts that endlessly...

Latest answer posted February 29, 2020 2:50 am UTC

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Is the arguments in "The Perils of Indifference"- by Elie Weisel logical arguments?  

I think that the arguments presented in Wiesel's speech are highly logical and force democratic societies that stand for freedom and tolerance to examine their own policies and predispositions....

Latest answer posted January 26, 2010 8:18 pm UTC

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

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...

Latest answer posted April 18, 2016 8:45 pm UTC

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How would you describe Wiesel as a speaker (narrator)? What effect does he make on the reader?

Wiesel's narrative power is based on the honest, direct way he describes his feelings and reactions: in Night, he narrates the events with total objectivity but still does so emotionally. In his...

Latest answer posted August 10, 2018 3:11 am UTC

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Explain the following quotes from Elie Wiesel's speech upon receiving the Nobel Price for Peace in 1986, and how do...

Elie Wiesel is a survivor the greatest of mass murder in history, the Holocaust. As a young man, he was sent to the most notorious concentration camps run by Nazi Germany, Buchenwald and...

Latest answer posted October 24, 2013 6:29 pm UTC

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 What does the author mean by "Better an unjust God than an indifferent one? in reference to "The Perils of...

I think is what the author is trying to say is that it is better that there is a God who cares than one who does not care at all. The word "unjust" means that sometimes things happen that cannot be...

Latest answer posted March 31, 2010 3:49 am UTC

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Examine the subject matter in "The Perils of Indifference" by Elie Wiesel.

The original question had to be edited down. I would say that the base subject matter of Wiesel's speech is the how the ethical position of indifference is tantamount to perpetrating cruelty....

Latest answer posted February 13, 2013 11:50 pm UTC

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When Wiesel accepted the Nobel Peace Prize, he said that “indifference" is the greatest source of evil and danger in...

The original question had to be edited. I invite you to resubmit the second question in another question. Wiesel's Nobel Peace Prize speech stresses the need to overcome indifference. For...

Latest answer posted April 17, 2013 10:50 am UTC

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What keeps Eliezer going during the brutal march? How does his link to his father affect his will to survive?

The thought of losing his father is of utmost importance in Elie's mind during the disastrous march from Buna to Birkenau. The prisoners are forced to essentially run 42 miles in the freezing snow,...

Latest answer posted May 22, 2018 12:48 am UTC

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Briefly describe Wiesel's life after the camps-give a timeline

Elie Wiesel was liberated from the Buchenwald concentration camp on April 11, 1945. He spent two years in a refugee home in France, during which time he learned French and developed an interest in...

Latest answer posted April 25, 2012 6:02 pm UTC

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When did Wiesel say the travelers left their illusions behind?

As the train arrives at Birkenau in chapter three of Ellie Wiesel’s memoir Night, the people on the train have to abandon their belongings. Ellie says that when they get off the train “the beloved...

Latest answer posted November 23, 2019 7:38 pm UTC

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In the poem, "Never Shall I Forget," what are the flames that Wiesel refers to?

In Night, Elie Wiesel tells of arriving at Auschwitz, a concentration camp. Initially, Elie was happy to be able to stay with his father, but his happiness quickly turns to fear and dread when one...

Latest answer posted November 6, 2015 9:51 pm UTC

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Some detailed description of either of the camps where Elie was confined (Auschwitz or Buchenwald). Explain what life...

Auschwitz, Dacchau and Buchenwald were "death" camps or "extermination" camps. The main reason a prisoner was sent to one of these camps was for extermination. Zyklon-B gas was the cheapest, most...

Latest answer posted April 22, 2009 8:17 pm UTC

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When Wiesel accepted the Nobel Peace Prize, he said that “indifference" is the greatest source of evil and danger in...

One of Wiesel's strengths is that his work operates as both historical, but also ethical. Wiesel's work is dedicated to the proposition that human beings have a role in impacting the lives of...

Latest answer posted April 18, 2013 10:49 am UTC

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How is the Holocaust portrayed in Maus and Night, and how does the format of each text make a difference on readers'...

There are several differences between the portrayals of the Holocaust in Maus and Night. Both books are about people who survived the holocaust; Maus is even subtitled A Survivor’s Tale. However,...

Latest answer posted March 16, 2020 11:44 pm UTC

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What would have happened if the dentist didn't keep the gold?

This is a speculation answer, but we can use the text of Night to determine some possible explanations for what would have happened if the dentist hadn’t kept the gold. In Night, Elie is told to...

Latest answer posted November 13, 2019 8:48 pm UTC

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Is man obligated to help out those less fourtunate than he in times of crisis? What are some examples involving Elie...

Indeed, I think if we are committed to the traditionally liberal notions of democracy, self rule, freedom to act and freedom to be left alone, one has little other choice but to act when another is...

Latest answer posted July 23, 2009 1:17 pm UTC

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Discuss the life of Elie Wiesel since his liberation from Buchenwald in 1945.

Wiesel has served as the moral conscious of the world in regard to genocide and silence since being liberated from the camp and "seeing a corpse stare back at me." He emerged as a journalist and...

Latest answer posted August 3, 2009 9:41 am UTC

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What's the rhetorical purpose of referring to the new milliennium & the legacy of this vanishing century? Whats...

In his speech, Elie Wiesel is trying to persuade people that they need to care more about other people. He is saying that they have to stop being indifferent about the terrible things that happen...

Latest answer posted March 31, 2010 6:34 am UTC

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Why did Wiesel feel that creating the Holocaust Museum was important?

In September of 1979, referring to the Holocaust Museum, (Wiesel was the first chair of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Council), Eli Wiesel spoke about the relevance of remembering the past so as to...

Latest answer posted April 27, 2012 9:06 pm UTC

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Discuss the life of Elie Wiesel since his liberation from Buchenwald in 1945.

Elie spent some time in an orphanage shortly after his liberation. Afterwards, he attended school in France and eventually found out that his two older sisters had survived the concentration...

Latest answer posted April 24, 2009 11:32 am UTC

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That deals with Nazi medical experimentation on prisoners.What were they looking for?What were the experiments?What...

The purpose for most of the medical experiementation done on live humans was three-fold. The first order of business was to use science and technology to create a "superior Arian race". There were...

Latest answer posted April 24, 2009 7:51 am UTC

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What are some contemporary example of genocide (e.g. Bosnia, Rwanda, Iraq, Darfur ect).

Unfortunately, things like this have been with us for at least six thousand years. Just since the end of the Soviet Union there have been multiple incidents in the Balkans, where such massacres...

Latest answer posted April 21, 2009 4:15 am UTC

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