"The yellow star? Oh well, what of it? You don't die of it."
"Never shall I forget that night"
"Never shall I forget that night, the first night in camp, which has turned my life into one long night, seven times cursed and seven times sealed .
"I was a body"
Perhaps but that even: a starved stomach. The stomach alone was alert to the passage of your time.
Eliezer's journey into hell began with a yellow star, which the Nazis forced Jews to wear. Inscribed with the word Jude—"Jew" in German—the star was an emblem of Nazi persecution. it had been often a mark of death, because the Germans used it to identify Jews and send them to concentration camps, where few survived. Eliezer thought nothing of wearing it initially, because he was proud of his religion. He didn't know yet what it represented. The journey to the camps took the form of a train ride, Jews packed into pitch-black rail cars with no room to require a seat down, no bathrooms, no hope.
“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.”
He’s the only one who’s kept his promises, all his promises, to the Jewish people.
Wiesel and his friend witnessed quite anyone, coupled with a teenage boy, should ever should see. He had been a devout believer in God, and he still didn't doubt God's existence, but he doubted God's power. Why would anyone therewith much power allow this to happen? thrice during this short passage Wiesel writes “Never shall I forget.” , which here is that the book's main theme: always remember.
"We were all going to die here. All limits had been passed. No one had any strength left. And again the night would be long."
But I had no more tears. And, in the depths of my being, in the recesses of my weakened conscience
(Yes, we did see the flames.) Over there—that's where you are going to be taken. That's your grave, over there.
At now Eliezer was truly hopeless. He had lost a way of himself as a person's being. He was only a number: prisoner
" 'Do you see that chimney over there? See it? does one see those flames?
Hitler's "final solution" was to extinguish the Jewish population. immeasurable Jews were being killed, so his plan was working. There was no organized global resistance to what Hitler was doing within the camps.
Eliezer's father, who was within the same barracks as his son, was weak and near death, but the horrific experiences that Eliezer had endured had left him bereft, unable to react to his father's condition with humanity and familial love. When his father finally died, removing the burden of keeping him alive, Eliezer—much to his later shame—felt liberated from that burden and liberated to focus only of his own soul.
The flames rose 24 hours daily from the incinerators. After the Jews were killed within the gas chambers by Zyklon B, their bodies were immediately taken to incinerators to be burned into black, charred dust.