In his memoir, Night, author Elie Wiesel recalls his experiences as a young Jewish boy in a Nazi death camp. The narrative begins with Wiesel and his family living in Sighet, Romania, it is here when the plot of the story begins to unfold. It was later when the Jewish people are deported, and the horrifying events of the Holocaust are revealed. Elie starts of as a young, Jewish boy struggling to survive the dehumanizing conditions of the holocaust. Through Elie’s strengthened relationship he has with his father, that enables him to survive.
Elie is a loyal son who through the morals in which he has been taught he would never betray. Especially his father; Chlomo. At the beginning of the memoir it can be seen how Chlomo models himself for Elie. Chlomo is always “concerned with others” which Elie has learnt and ensured that the feelings of those around him were always taken into account. It was this vital lesson, which made sure that Elie would never leave his father, as his respect for others was too high. This can be seen during the first encounter with Doctor Mengle. When Elie was directed to the right during slection he turned to see which way his father was forced to go. “A weight was lifted from my heart” after realizing that Chlomo and Elie were to be kept together.
The aid Elie gives his father shows how the statement is accurate. Elie’s love and dedication to Chlomo made him think of his father and not only of himself. Although this was dangerous to Elie’s life he always ensured that his father was able to avoid the Nazi’s cruelty. The natural role of the father taking care of his son shifted to the opposite role; Elie taking care of Chlomo, throughout Night. Elie saved his father from starvation by surrendering his own rations to his father in an attempt for him to build strength to evade selection.
... Later that night Elie went to sleep in the bunk above his father and in the morning his father was ... segregated. They were contained together in a little Jewish community. They had to clock certain windows ... Passover, the Germans arrested the leaders of the Jewish community. From this point on their fear ... were put up in private homes even some Jewish homes. Their first impressions of the Germans were ...
Although there are times throughout the memoir where Elie admits to thoughts of betraying his father. It was at the concentration camp of Buchenwald where Elie’s devotion to his father was tested the most. It was here when he began considering to stop helping Chlomo and desert him. However it was the feeling of shame and guilt, which didn’t allow this event to occur. Elie never wanted to become like Rabbi Eliahou’s son or Meir who abandoned there fathers in their time of need. Elie knew that he would be better off without the “burden” of his father however he was too loyal to leave him.