(This is a picture of Elie with his two sisters and mother.)He was able to do this by reliving every horrid moment of his time spent there. This was something so significant that he could not forget it, no one could. So instead of trying to repress the memories he wrote them in a memoir about his time in this hell. He wanted everyone to know the Germans really were bad and how horrible the Jews were treated. We do not think everyone has to repress the bad memories, but that some people deal with their pain by reliving everything that happened. The only way to move on is to relive every detail and get it out in the open. If those kinds of memories were repressed they would tear you up inside and make you go insane. He was probably able to give such detail because he never forgot anything. There would be no way to forget the details because they make the story what it is. To forget the details would be to forget the story.
We think that it is very important for the survivors to tell their story because it gives others insight about what really happened, without their stories the truth would be lost. If history is known it is less likely to repeat itself.
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