Monday, November 10, 2008
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?)
We think that he was able to tell us his story about the holocaust because that was the biggest thing that happened in his life, and history. So much terror, so much fear, its probably really hard to forget all of the events that happened. That’s why he was able to remember everything. Most people would normally block “the bad things”, but this is something you can’t block out. For two reasons. One, it was probably really hard to block something that took two or three years out of your life. And two, you can’t block something like that out, because you don’t want people to forget. If people would forget, then something like this could happen again, and this should never happen again, it shouldn’t of happened in the first place. But it did, and it’s all up to the people who did go through it to get the message across to everyone else so that this will never happen again.
Jackie M, Alex S, Shane L, Jackie G