Why Was Moshe The Beadle Important To Elie Wiesel

Why was Moeshe important to Elie?

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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 others. He returns to their town warning everyone of the horrific murders he has witnessed and of Jews being forced to dig their own graves before presenting their necks for execution. He tells them about Jewish babies being tossed into the air and used as shooting targets. Unfortunately, his warnings are not heeded as "people refused not only to believe his stories, but even to listen to them." The townspeople proclaim Moshe mad, claiming that he's making up stories simply for pity. Moshe begs to be heard so that people can learn from his experience and save themselves. Eventually, the truth of Moshe's warnings become clear, but it is too late.

Wiesel, too, comes to the reader with a story of warnings. His experience is the result of what happens when good people remain quiet. His horrific account...

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Last Updated by eNotes Editorial on February 26, 2020