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  • "I was twelve. I believed profoundly. During the day I studied the Talmud, and at night I ran to the synagogue to weep over the destruction of the Temple."
  • "Never shall I forget those moments which murdered my God and my soul and turned my dreams to dust. Never shall I forget these things, even if I am condemned to live as long as God Himself. Never."
  • "'Where is God now?' And I heard a voice within me answer him: 'Where is He? Here He is—He is hanging here on this gallows. . . .'"
  • As a young boy before the Holocaust, Elie was a devout Jew and had faith in God. This is in stark contrast to his opinions of God during his time in Auschwitz.
  • After seeing all the evil that others are capable of, Elie has no faith that God can be his savior. If God is not able to protect Elie from the Holocaust, why should Elie worship Him?
  • God does not exist in concentration camps. Any hopes they had of escaping Auschwitz were killed along with the little boy. His angelic figure is a symbol of God, who In Elie's eyes were killed by the Nazis.
  • Elie quickly descends into a state of disbelief. God cannot allow people to do this to the Jews. With his almighty power he should be able to stop them. Therefore, Elie thinks God is allowing this to happen to His people.
  • "Blessed be God’s name? Why, but why would I bless Him? Every fiber in me rebelled. Because He caused thousands of children to burn in His mass graves?"
  • This is rock bottom for Elie's religion. After years of begging and pleading, God has provided them with nothing. He has been unreliable, but Hitler has always kept his promise of killing the Jews.
  • "'I've got more faith in Hitler than in anyone else. He's the only one who's kept his promises, all his promises, to the Jewish people.'"
  • Despite everything Elie has endured, or maybe because of it, he gathers all the hope and strength left in his body and prays. In his view, a situation this desperate can only be solved by a miracle from God. He has to try to renew his faith.
  • "And in spite of myself, a prayer formed inside me, a prayer to this God in whom I no longer believed. 'Oh God, Master of the Universe, give me the strength never to do what Rabbi Eliahu’s son has done.'"
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