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  • In his small home in Sighet, Elie, a strong believer in God, studies Judaism to further his understanding of the religion that takes up most of his life.
  • "I continued to devote myself to my studies, Talmud during the day and Kabbalah at night."
  • "Oh God, Master of the Universe, in your infinite compassion, have mercy on us."
  • As the Jewish people in Elie's town were moved into a small ghetto, Elie prays to God asking him to help them. The people of the town are convinced that God will help them through their time of need. At this point Elie wonders why this awful circumstance is happening to them and if this is what God wants for them.
  • Elie and his father are finally in the concentration camp where they are heading to the crematorium. The fire is seen where the crematorium is located. Now Elie is starting to question whether or not God is there to help him if he continues to endure the hardships of the Holocaust.
  • "The Almighty, the eternal and terrible Master of the Universe, chose to be silent. What was there to be thankful for?"
  • Facing death first-hand, Elie begins to believe that God is disappearing from his life as he hears the comment made by another prisoner. The prisoner proposed that God was being hanged as well just like the prisoners.
  • "Where He is? This is where-hanging here from this gallows..."
  • What are You, my God? How do you compare to this stricken mass gathered to affirm to you their faith, their anger, their defiance?"
  • Clearly, as as Elie further encounters the tragedy of the Holocaust he is losing hope in God since there seems to be no way to be saved. He is at the point where it seems hopeless after one of his nighttime meals.
  • Overall, Elie realizes when times are desperate he still turns to God, and has actually never left him. He thought since they were punished God wanted nothing out of them, however this whole time God was bringing Elie closer to his father and now remains in the shed with his father who he will not let go of just yet.
  • "Oh God, Master of the Universe, give me the strength never to do what Rabbi Eliahu's son has done."
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