“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. Never shall I forget those moments which murdered my God and my soul and turned my dreams to dust. Never shall I forget these things, even if I am condemned to live as long as God Himself. Never.”
~Elie Wiesel Chapter 3
Reflection on the quote
I feel like this quote says a lot about Elie as a human, as a boy, and as a Jew. His whole life was about to be flipped around on it’s axis, and there was nothing he could do about it. The only thing he could control was the amount of fear and hope the Nazis pushed in and out of him. The saying “You get what you give.” Does apply in someways to this quote. The Nazis gave the Jews names, tags, brands, and false senses of hope. They also gave them new ways of fear and torture. In a way for some Jews that fear turned to hatred, which then turned into a fuel to feed into the fire that the Nazis had created. It is almost as if they filled a abyss with gasoline and set a match upon it. The force would be greater than they could ever imagine. That’s what was burning inside of Elie. This didn’t just mean war to the Jewish community, nor did it mean survival. It meant extermination, genocide, of innocent people. It meant that they would have to survive at all costs, to make sure that they’re suffering wasn’t for nothing.
To say that this never happened to the Jewish families that did not survive the holocaust would be stating that their suffering was for nothing. It would be as of they were the new faces on the blank pages of a history book. Never to opened, never to be relived and to never be learned from. These families rights were taken from them. Their religion, safety, and homes were are taken away on the false accusations that they caused destruction to Germany. I feel that these reasons also led to the writing of this quote. It was meant to hit home with people and just tell them how truly awful humans can be.I feel that this quote helps lay out the fears and the hatred that would soon boil into the survival of Elie Wiesel.