Throughout the memoir, Wiesel describes his experiences in realistic and intimate detail. He uses his words to paint a vivid picture of the hell that was the Holocaust. How is he able to do this? Don't people normally block "the bad things" from their memory in an attempt to overcome the pain? How is Wiesel able to portray such a realistic story of something that occurred in his past? Also, is it important that survivors tell their stories? Why? (Wiesel has his opinion about this issue, but what is your opinion?)
There are a couple of different possibilities allowing Elie to talk about his experiences throughout the Holocaust. One hypothesis our group has stumbled upon is it helps Elie by talking about these things. Instead of keeping things balled up inside, he chooses to talk about them and release what could be anger. By writing the book NIGHT, it gives him a sense of relief and shares the story of the Holocaust. It is a cathartic experience. Elie felt so low and there was only one thing to do that could do any good, just sit down and write. People normally try to block "the bad things" from their memory because it hurts too much to talk or even think about it. Elie gets relief from this by expressing his emotions. We believe it is important survivors tell their stories because if they do not tell then the stories are one-sided. The Nazis would be the only other people who would know what happened besides the victims. So the only stories we would hear are from the Nazi point-of-view and the Jewish side would not be told. In conclusion, it is important for the survivors to tell their story so we can get an accurate account of what actually happened at the camps.