Have you ever thought about the 6 million Jews that were killed during the holocaust?(United States Holocaust Memorial Museum) Can you imagine that? That is including many, many children, like for example, Elie Wiesel. Elie Wiesel is an example of a Jewish child who survived the Holocaust and lived out his or her dreams.
Elie Wiesel was born in 1928, on the 30th of September. He lived his life before the Holocaust in Sighet, Romania. He had 2 sisters, but no other siblings. One was 1 younger than him, and one was an older sister. He also had a living mother and father. He lived a peaceful life, up until Hitler took over Romania and began persecuting Jews like him. His father was named Chlomo. He was a shop owner and member of the Jewish Council is Sighet.(J, Alexus)
Elie Wiesel was 15 years old when he, along with the rest of his family, was deported to Auschwitz. Sadly, his mother and younger sister died at the concentration camp. He then was later in the death march to the Buchenwald concentration camp. His father also marched along with him. His father then died at the Buchenwald camp, and the whole experience was horrifying to him. In the famous book “Night”, he wrote- “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. Never shall I forget that smoke. Never shall I forget the little faces of the children, whose bodies I saw turned into wreaths of smoke beneath a silent blue sky. Never shall I forget those flames which consumed my faith forever. Never shall I forget that nocturnal silence which deprived me, for all eternity, of the desire to live.”
Elie and his older sister were the only 2 from his family to survive the Holocaust. Elie later took a journey in the 1960’s to Israel. He then met his soon to be wife. Not a even a year later, in 1969, he married Marion Wiesel. She clearly understood his experiences, because she was also Holocaust survivor. He and his wife decided to live in New York City. It was then when he wrote Night, a book about his Holocaust experiences. Shortly after, he was cheated out of his money by in a Ponzi Scheme, generated by Bernie Madoff. The total of money from all cheated “investors” was Estimated at 65 Billion!!!!(Benner, Katie.)That’s a lot of money! Succeeding this sad event, in 2015, Elie Wiesel died at the age of 88, on the second of July.
Around 6 million Jews perished in the Holocaust, and that’s just an estimate.(United States Holocaust Memorial Museum) Can you imagine that number? Think about how many children didn’t survive, and their future lives that they never lived out. What would have happened if the Holocaust never took place? Could the world situation be a lot different than today? I not only think so, I know that that is true. I feel that the Holocaust was a horrible event that will impact humanity forever. After all, it was the best documented act of Genocide.(United States Holocaust Memorial Museum) Left behind in its wake were a few survivors, many casualties, and an incredible amount of deaths.