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Transcript of Indifference
There was alot of scenes of indifference in the book Night. One example of indifference is done by the victims, the jews, themselves. Very early in the book when Moche returns, he warns the ghettos about the holocaust itself . After he says this, The people of the ghettos say "He's just trying to make us pity on him. What an imagination he has...Poor fellow. He's gone mad" (Page 17). This is a perfect example of indifference because the people of the ghettos did not listen to him. Moche had just returned from the Germans with a wounded leg and he told them about the crimes the Germans were doing, but the people did not believe him. Moche was a person in the ghettos who was not listened too very often, so when he returned and warned them, they played a perfect example of indifference. This greatly affected those people as individuals and as a society because as individuals, Moche could not convince the people that he was telling the truth. Moche then felt very abondoned and worthless. This affects society because it causes the peole of the guettos to gradually increase their beliefs of Moche being crazy or telling ridiculous stories the would not believe.
A third example of indifference was when the jews were walking through the villages and they saw the peole of the town. When they came to the village, theguards flirted with young German girls as Elie said "As we went through the villages, many of the Germans stared at us without surprise"(Page 54). This was another good example that proved indifference affected the jews. The jews, as individuals felt as if they were nothing and that they meant nothing to the villagers. As a society, this would lead the the jews feeling worthless in the world and not having a say in society.
What is indifference?
The book Night is a true story about a teenage boy, Elie Weisel, who is a survivor of the Holocaust. Not only does he tell what happened during the holocaust, but he explains what his feelings were throughout the story. During this tragic time period, Elie witnesses many sights of indifference, or lack of sympathy. There is still a tremendous amount of indifference in the world today, as there was much back then during the holocaust. All the scenes of indifference affected people as individuals and as a society.
The final example of indifference in the book Night was the reaction of the everyone during Holocaust itself. Many people knew what was going on during this time, but no one decided it was time to stop them, thus the holocaust went on for years. This impacted all the jews as a society because they knew that the world heard what was going on but no one decided to stop them. This made the jews feel as if the world was very cruel and wouldn't help. As an individual, each person would feel as if they were absolutely nothing and meaningless in the world. All of these example affected everyone as individuals and as society. The jews encountered many acts of indifference and they felt almost the same way every time, hopeless and abandoned from the world.
Another example of indifference in the book Night was when the prisoners were running. As the prisoners are running, Elie heard gunshots very much during this scene. many people died because of the gaurds' act of indifference. Elie says"Their fingers on the triggers, they did not deprive themselves of this special pleasure"(Page 91). This was another good example of indifference because the SS just did not care at all if the jews died. If they slowed down at all, the SS would shoot with ease and they wouldn't hesitate to kill you. The SS showed no sympathy to the jews, thus this was indifference. As an individual, The jews would feel that as if they were not cared about at all, making them feel worse. As a society, this made the jews as a group feel as if they were not part of the world anymore.