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Night Final Assessment – Indifference
Transcript of Night Final Assessment – Indifference
Another example of indifference in
was when the prisoners were running to the Gleiwitz camp.
Quote #3 & #4
How does indifference affect people as individuals and as a society?
<Night and Indifference>
During this tragic time period, Elie witnesses many sights of indifference. There is still a enormous amount of indifference in the world today, as there was much back then during the Holocaust.
By Haram (F2)
, is written by Eliezer 'Elie' Wiesel, and it is a true story about him being a survivor of the Holocaust during the 1940s. The book,
, tells what happened during the holocaust, and also explains Elie's feelings throughout the story.
There was a lot of scenes of indifference in
. One of the examples of indifference is done by the victims, the Jews, themselves.
"He (Moishe) spoke only of what he had seen. But people (Jews) not only refused to believe his tales, they refused to listen. Some even insinuated that he only wanted their pity, that he was imagining things. Others flatly said that he had gone mad." (pg. 7)
This is one of the examples of indifference because the Jews did not listen to him, nor care about Moishe. They refused to listen and believe his tales, and flatly said and believed he had gone mad. Moishe even returned from the Germans with a wounded leg and told the Jews about the crimes the Germans were doing, but the people did not believe him.
This greatly affected those people as individuals and as a society because as individuals, Moishe couldn't convince the people that he was telling the truth which he felt really worthless. This affects society because it causes the Jews to gradually increase their beliefs of Moishe being mad for telling ridiculous stories they wouldn't believe.
As the prisoners were running to the Gleiwitz camp, Elie heard a lot of gunshots in this scene. Many Jews died because of the guards' act of indifference. Elie says, "Their fingers on the triggers, they did not deprive themselves of the pleasure. If one of us stopped for a second, a quick shot eliminated the filthy dog."(pg. 85).
As an individual, the Jews felt as if they didn't matter and as if they were meaningless. This made the Jews feel that they were a burden, and weren't part of the world anymore.
A third example of indifference was when the Jews were walking through the villages and they saw the Germans of the town. "As we were passing through some of the villages, many of the Germans watched us, showing no surprise." (pg. 46) When the Jews walked around the village, they saw young German girls flirting with the guards. This was another good example that proved indifference to the Jews. The Jews, as individuals, felt as if they were trash and meant nothing to the villagers. As a society, this would lead the Jews feeling worthless in the world and not having a say in society.
The last example of indifference in the book, Night, was how the people around the world reacted to the Holocaust. Many people knew what was going on during the Holocaust, but no one decided to stop the Nazis and Hitler which made the holocaust go on for years. This impacted all the Jews as a society because they knew that the world has an idea what's going on but no one is stopping the Germans.
As an individual, each person felt that they were 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.
Indifference affects people as individuals and as a society by showing that there are people out there who are selfish and unwilling to do whatever it is takes to make peace in this world. Even if it means taking away other people's lives, families and friends, we, as humans, have a sinful and selfish nature, and indifference affects this Earth very much.