Lost in the Action

“It was good that I had forgotten all that. And I was glad that Rabbi Eliahu continued to search for his beloved son” (91).

“And in spite of myself, a prayer formed inside me, a prayer to this God in whom I no longer believed” (91).

“Oh God, Master of the Universe, give me the strength never to do what Rabbi Elahu’s son has done” (91).

 

In our English class, we read the book, “Night,” by Elie Wiesel. It is about the “Final Solution” that Hitler has planned for the Jews, which was to exterminate them all and leave one superior race, the Aryans. During this scene, Eliezer and his dad have just reunited after being lost during the long march. Eliezer and his dad both gave each other the strength they needed to prolong the dreadful march. The did this by always talking and giving positive thoughts to one another. This is a very loving scene where they even argued who should sleep first. After a while, they remembered to never fall asleep during this period because they will never wake up again. Eliezer and his dad trust each other and have a very good relationship. In contrast, however, Rabbi Eliahu and his son have been separated and Eliahu desperately tries to find his son. This scene affected me because my father and I have been close ever since my childhood. But, instead of the father-son relationship every kid should have, Eliahu’s son betrays him. I could never imagine anyone letting their dad, who has cared and helped them their whole lives, die. Throughout the march, he has been trying to take care of his father, who could not keep up with the group. Elihau’s son wanted to “free himself of a burden that could diminish his own chance for survival” (91). This scene has also taught me how desperate people have become during the Holocaust. Throughout these times, people would do drastic things to try to survive. I will always care for my parents even though it may be hard. Although Eliahu’s son has betrayed him, he still shows how much he loves his son to try to find him through the harsh conditions. Throughout the whole book, it was very emotional to see Eliezer and his dad always looking for each other and making sure they are comfortable. Later on in the story, Eliezer’s dad dies after all the suffering he has been through. However, Eliezer “did not weep” because he was “out of tears” (112).

This book has taught me many things and that I should cherish the freedom that I have currently. Also it has taught me to care even more for my parents and elders. A father-son relationship should never break and should be locked in the memories in the child, and the father. Although one will struggle, they should try their hardest to the very end to care for their family.

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