The Loss of Faith
“Faith means not wanting to know what is true”
~ Friedrich Nietzsche (German Scholar)
During the Holocaust, the Nazis’ caused more destruction than just ending the lives of innocent Jews. They destroyed the humanity of many, made them suffer, and shattered the faith that numerous had in God and themselves. The novel Night, by Elie Wisel depicts a clear representation of loss of faith from beginning to end in many Jews and he himself as well.
Elie begins the story as a teenager who yearns to be educated and gain as much knowledge he can of his religion. His faith was stronger than most of the Jews in the area of Sighet. His love for the Lord was extremely ...view middle of the document...
Not only had Elie lost faith in God but so have the other Jews. When the Oberkapo was arrested he was transferred to Auschwitz and never heard from again. All that was left from him was his little pipel, who remained silent but was condemned to death, as well as two other inmates. The SS officers decided to hang the three of them. The three chairs were tipped over as a whole crowd had to sit there and watch. “’Where is merciful God, where is He?’ somebody from the crowd asked.” (p.64) The two inmates died, but the little pipel still remained alive dangling between live and death. The same person from the crowd once again said “’For God’s sake, where is God?’” Someone replied, ‘”Where He is? This is where--hanging here from this gallows…’” (p.65) This scene illustrated that many people began to lose their faith in God. In a way the people were convinced that God have given up on them. They began to see that God wasn’t going to help them out of this mess. Many began to lose their religious dignity. “That night, the soup tasted of corpses.” (p.65)
People, most especially Elie, started to lose faith in themselves. During the night when groups of people were assigned to barracks, the SS officers gave strict orders. The Jews had to drag themselves to the barbers, as they shaved all the hairs on each of their...