A Loss of Innocence.

Essay by Natasha15Junior High, 9th gradeA-, November 2003

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Millions of Jewish people entered a concentration camp not knowing or quite understanding what it was or what it was going to do to them. They were loaded onto a train like cattle with no food or water and taken away from their homes to a place that would haunt their dreams forever. Those people whose only crime, was believing in God, were separated from each other, some would say that Elie Wiesel and his father were lucky, but I would have to differ in that opinion.

Elie's Mother and sister were taken to the "showers" which unbeknownst to him until later was really a burning fire where they were thrown in and burned to death. Know that would not be a pleasant way to die, and those men who watched women and young children get thrown in the fire, heard their screams and saw the smoke burning high, they smelt the burnt flesh of those innocent people, yet they continued throwing them in, I believe at this point they were beyond feeling, because no normal person could do such an evil thing.

Although being burnt alive would be a torturous death, I believe that Elie and his father actually had it worse. They were malnourished to the point of near insanity and beaten so much that the majority of the time they were between life and death. They saw people being hung, and the one that brought tears to my eyes was when the little servant boy was tortured and hung, but the part that really got to me was when they took the chair out from under him his small body wasn't large enough to snap his neck so he hung there, not quite dead and not quite alive. The way the book described it; he unlike everyone...