Elie Wiesel’s autobiographical Night is considered to be a masterpiece of Holocaust literature. First published in 1958, it recounts the story of an adolescent boy and his father in Auschwitz. Wiesel writes primarily of their battle for survival in the Nazi death camps. Although it is a stark peek into the nature of evil, providing a litany of the daily terrors, everyday perversions, and rampant sadism at Auschwitz and Buchenwald, Night also touches on a truth that is distinctly Jewish. That is, that evil resides within each one of us.
At one point in the book, a deeply devout Jewish mystic named Akiba Drumer, one of the Jewish prisoners at Auschwitz and Buna, tried to make sense out of his and his fellow Jews’ internment. While sharing his faith in God—a faith which would later be weakened—Drumer repeated the Jewish belief that evil can be found within each one of us. Drumer said:
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Author: Philip P. Kapusta
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Bible reference(s): Genesis 6:1-4, Job 1:6-9, Job 1:12, Job 2:1-4, Job 2:6-7, Psalm 109:6, Zechariah 3:1-2, Matthew 4:10, Matthew 16:23, Matthew 4:1, Matthew 4:3, Matthew 4:5, Matthew 4:8, Matthew 4:11, Matthew 5:37, Matthew 6:13, Matthew 13:19, Matthew 13:38, Matthew 25:41, Mark 1:13, Mark 4:15, Luke 4:2-3, Luke 4:5-6, Luke 4:8, Luke 4:13, Luke 8:12, Luke 13:16, Luke 22:3, Luke 22:31, John 6:70, John 8:44, John 13:2, John 13:27, John 17:15, Acts 5:3, Acts 13:10, Acts 26:18, Romans 16:20, 1 Corinthians 5:5, 1 Corinthians 7:5, 2 Corinthians 2:11, 2 Corinthians 6:15, 2 Corinthians 12:7, 2 Corinthians 11:14, Ephesians 4:27, Ephesians 6:11, Ephesians 6:16, 1 Thessalonians 3:5, 2 Thessalonians 2:9, 1 Thessalonians 2:18, 1 Timothy 1:20, 1 Timothy 3:6-7, 1 Timothy 5:14-15, 2 Timothy 2:26, Hebrews 2:14, James 4:7, 1 John 2:13-14, 1 John 3:8, 1 John 3:10, 1 John 3:12, 1 John 5:18-19, Revelation 2:9-10, Revelation 2:13, Revelation 2:24, Revelation 3:9, Revelation 12:9, Revelation 12:12, Revelation 20:2, Revelation 20:7, Revelation 20:10
Source: Philip Kapusta
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