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The relationships between father and son in the novel The Chosen by Chaim Potok, In the short but gripping memoir named “Night,” author Elie (Eliezer) Wiesel exiles with a grandfather who is the first president of the Republic of China. Elie never forgets his origins nor his desire to preserve the rich Jewish culture he knew as a child. His father, Shlomo, died in Buchenwald and Wiesel himself I remembered that Yair had written about his strong relationship with his . U.S. Navy may stop docking in Haifa after Chinese take over port. Free Essay: He sinks deeper and deeper into the evils of the Holocaust, first in the ghetto, then in the Nazi concentration camp. As Eliezer's.
Wiesel has been aware of Limmud FSU since it was established nearly eight years ago. When in New York, I take the opportunity, together with his friend Rabbi Menachem Hacohen, vice-chair and rabbi of the Conference for Jewish Material Claims against Germany and one-time chief rabbi of Romania, where Elie was born, of bringing him up to date on our activities. Wiesel is known for his liberal outlook and deep knowledge of Judaism and Jewish culture. There are two topics on which he is not prepared to compromise: David Weiss Halivni, is a deep and contemplative work of Jewish philosophy.
In the eyes of Wiesel, the link between Russian-speaking Jews who were deprived of the possibility of Jewish studies in the USSR for so many years, and the wealth to be found in Judaism is of singular importance. In this, he believes, lies the inherent value of Limmud FSU. I was very excited before this meeting. It was not to be just a regular briefing as I wanted to discuss with one of the great philosophers of this generation and one of the spiritual inspirations behind Limmud FSU another subject which related to him personally and directly.
Following the Nazi occupation, the family was deported to Auschwitz on 18 May, Wiesel had three siblings — older sisters Hilda and Beatrice, and younger sister Tzipora. Hilda and Beatrice survived and were reunited with Elie at a French orphanage after the war. Tzipora and his mother Sarah were murdered in Auschwitz, and he and his father were transferred to the Buna labor camp. It is evidence that the two were not as close as they could have been in the time before the Holocaust.
Sometimes this is a result of taking relationships for granted. In his mind he must have believed that his family would be there forever. As well Elie cared most about studying his faith and turned over much of his time to the synagogue and his mentor Moshe the Beadle. Instead of having his father as a guide, Elie finds a different mentor to assist him in his studies. This could have been a time for the two to grow closer.
Instead it was never developed. As the Wiesel family is rounded up and loaded into cattle cars, Elie begins to see his father as someone important that he does not want to lose. Men to the right. He could have gone with his mother and children, but instead he decides to stay with his father who otherwise would have been alone.
This consequential decision ties the two together for the remainder of the book. Over the course of this time in the concentration camps, Elie goes through rollercoasters of emotion regarding his father. Juliek Juliek, along with Chlomo and Moshe the Beadle, is one of the most important characters in the novel. He is "a bespectacled Pole with a cynical smile on his pale face.
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He was a violinist. When they were all run to Gleiwitz and away from the approaching Russians, they were quickly and brutally shoved into barracks, heaped in and left to struggle out of a mass of bodies.
In this mess, Elie and Juliek hear each other's voice. Juliek is "OK" but he worries for his violin which he has carried with him. At this moment Elie feels himself very close to death when he hears "[t]he sound of a violin, in this dark shed, where the dead were heaped on the living.
What madman could be playing the violin here, at the brink of his own grave? In the morning he was dead. Meir Katz A farmer who used to bring fresh vegetables to the Wiesels.
He was put in charge of the wagon taking them to Buchenwald because he was the most vigorous. He saves Eliezer from strangulation. He confides to Chlomo that he can't go on. Chlomo tries to bolster him but at Buchenwald, Meir Katz does not leave the wagon with them. Louis Louis was a violinist from Holland who complained that "they would not let him play Beethoven: Jews were not allowed to play German music. He is poor but the community is fond of him and does not resent the generosity he needs.
To Eliezer he becomes something of an uncle and tutor. He gently initiates Eliezer into the mystical side of Hasidism—something he asked his father about but he was told to stick with the Talmud. When the foreign Jews are deported, Eliezer says goodbye to Moshe. A few days later, Moshe returns with a report on the massacre of those deported.
The community dismisses him as a madman. They dismiss him because if he is to be believed, then they too will be as poor as he is.
When the SS arrive to cordon off the Jews into a ghetto and then deport them, Moshe says he tried to warn them.
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One pipel in particular was the servant of a beloved Oberkapo who had been killed when he was found hiding weapons for the camp resistance. The pipel refused to give information under torture. He was hanged before all the prisoners. The normal executioner refused to be involved so three SS took over. It is a horrific execution since the boy was too light to die by his own weight. He struggled for hours at the end of the rope, "That night the soup tasted of corpses.
She was a "quiet woman with tense, burning eyes. On the first day of the journey to Auschwitz she went out of her mind. She moaned, asked where her family was, and then she became hysterical. At night she would shriek "I can see fire!
But she did see fire. The last time she shrieked and everyone looked, they saw the flames of the crematory. Stein Reizel Stein's husband from Antwerp seeks out Chlomo among the new arrivals at Auschwitz for news of his family.
He has not seen them since Eliezer is faster than his father to recall the man as a relative. He lies and says that his mother has heard from Reizel. This gives Stein great joy. But then, after another train arrives, Stein learns the truth and stops coming round to visit.
Tibi Representing the political opposite of the Hasidic elders who preached nonviolence and patience, were two brothers named Tibi and Yossi. They believed in the precepts of Zionism, a political pressure movement active mostly in Europe to convince the world powers to create a Jewish state of Israel in the area of Palestine.
They were Jews from Czechoslovakia whose parents had been exterminated at Birkenau. The two boys taught Eliezer Hebrew chants while they worked.
Chlomo Wiesel Eliezer's father, Chlomo, is a "cultured, rather unsentimental man … more concerned with others than with his own family.
As Abraham, however, he refuses to sacrifice his son. He lives, while in the death camps, to try and keep his son alive. Eliezer, as a representation of Isaac, also safeguards his father.
This relationship is the most important of the story. The bitterest moment comes when Clomo believes himself selected and gives Eliezer his inheritance—a knife and spoon. They have done well together until the end, when they are shipped to Gleiwitz, and then taken to Buchenwald. They are transported in open cars despite the snow with the result that Chlomo comes down with dysentery. Eliezer does all he can to comfort his father.
He begins to resent the burden. He is tempted to take his father's ration but does not. The resentment he feels for his father haunts him. The haunting grows worse when Chlomo begins yelling to Eliezer for water. A guard silences him with a blow from a truncheon. At some point, Chlomo is taken away to the crematory still breathing. Eliezer could only stand by.
Eliezer Wiesel The narrating survivor of the camps is Eliezer, who became A Deeply fascinated by Hasidic Judaism, he finds an indulgent teacher in Moshe the Beadle.
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The first cracks in his faith begin, however, when Moshe returns from deportation changed in demeanor and warning about impending doom. The cracks widen inside with every night spent in the camps. The crack is not exactly a rejection of God; it is a dismissal shouted out in anger. Rather, his alteration takes this form, "I no longer accepted God's silence.
He "felt very strong" in this realization for he "had ceased to be anything but ashes, yet I felt myself to be stronger than the Almighty. Eliezer represents a truly aesthetic individual who represents the best of European civilization. He is aware of the myths of his people and their history. As such he is able to tell his tale in terms of them with references to psalms, gospel stories, and personages like Job and indirectly Abraham, Isaac, and the three children in the furnace.
He is truly mystified to account for the camps both in terms of religion but also morality. Consequently, he is bent solely on survival and only his stomach takes note of time. Still he survives but merely as a corpse in a mirrored gaze just waking up from the long night.
Yossi Themes Death "Someone began to recite the Khaddish, the prayer for the dead. I do not know if it has ever happened before, in the long history of the Jews, that people have ever recited the prayer for the dead for themselves.
The Germans knew this, they knew that their prisoners could not have empathy: Eliezer grasps the message of their first walk, saying, "[h]umanity is not concerned with us.
Later, when Akiba Drumer is selected for death, he asks them to recite the Khaddish for him—they forget to do so because they are preoccupied with survival. Death is a pervasive element in a story about death camps. Death is fundamental to human society—anthropologists cite burial practices as the foundation of civilization.
The Nazi "slaughterhouses" and "factories of death" are antithetical to this civilized practice of death; the Final Solution is an absolute mockery of human rights and values.
The effect of this madness on persons normally a part of a culture organized around a detailed belief system, is a breakdown of their social compact with each other and a fall into melancholia. The incapacitating effect of the melancholia each prisoner had—worrying only about himself—lead to the utterly gross situations of a son killing a father for a bite of bread.
Finally, it is within this breakdown of empathy among the people in the camps which makes the moment of Chlomo's final gasp—his son's name—and Juliek's swan song possibly beautiful but most likely pathetic to those hearing it.
Throughout the story, men, like Reizel, say they live only because they believe their children may still be alive. Eliezer admits several times that a similar relationship exists between himself and his father. Empathy and the human need of community in the face of death, so as to mourn properly, must be put back together afterward. This is why the stories of the camps must be told and not silenced. Only madness remains if mourning occurs without empathy—only the ghastly and solitary image of one survivor seeing himself in the mirror remains.
The survivors must mourn with other survivors—"let's keep together. We shall be stronger"—if they are to escape the madness of the camps and the memory. God and Religion The community of faith to which Eliezer belongs is Hasidic. This is a sect of Judaism that came into being during the eighteenth century and its precepts have considerable bearing upon the events of the novel. Hasidism teaches belief in a personal relationship with God. In such a system, awe of God combines with emotion toward God.
One can protest, love, fear, and question God without compromising God or contradicting faith. One of Wiesel's favorite prayers may serve as a summary: