"Night" by Elie Wiesel.

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Wiesel was a teenager in the Nazi Death camps. He experiences the loss of his family, his friend, and his God. Before the holocaust, his God was everything to him. Worshiping and finding eternity was all he desired. During the holocaust, he became struggling with the faith in God. The book repeats "Where is God?" throughout the book. Not able to see God as the merciful and caring God as he had learned in real-life. He knew he was on his own, that nobody could save him except himself. The only thing he concerned was to stay with his father, and not separated by any of the officers at the concentration camp. Death lingered everywhere. In the end, after his father's death, he felt pure emptiness in him, questioning himself, and that "there was no more reason to live, no more reason to struggle." When his father died, in the deepest part of him, he was glad.

Though he knew it was wrong to think that way. The holocaust took over his mind and the only thing left of him was to survive.

I didn't really understand the part of the book when it mentioned about Juliek, the Polish boy. Which he met Elie during Warsaw who played the violin in the Buna Orchestra. The last time he ever saw him was in the barrack. They met under piles and piles of corpse. Elie was only thinking of surviving, digging through the corpse to breathe, but Juliek's only thought was to save his violin. How can a violin be more important than your life? I think this was the question Elie asked himself, and so did I. If we read on, Juliek started playing a piece by Beethoven on top of the silent corpse as...