Hi readers! My name is Angeline Berryman and I’m excited for this fresh start to my reading goals. This year, I would like to exceed my previous goals and read 7-8 books. I am currently challenging myself by reading a book about the Nazi concentration camps and reading someone go through something he shouldn’t have to go through. It is also very challenging because my heart fills with rage when the Nazi’s discriminate against the jews and it’s difficult to not get angry while reading about it. Regrettably, I haven’t read outside of class since the first day of school, so I am only on page 58, but that is definitely going to change! It is crucial that I get back into my habit of reading for 30 minutes every night before bed in order to reach my quantitative book goal. The book I am currently reading, Night by Elie Wiesel, is a memoir. I am typically a pretty slow reader, but reading passages slowly helps me comprehend what is taking place instantly, rather than having to re-read sentences.
The author discusses how the SS officer enunciated the fact that the jews are in a concentration camp in Auschwitz and “looked at ... [them] as one would a pack of leprous dogs clinging to life” (Night 38). The author used this simile because of the illustration that it provides for the reader and describes how the Jews were treated. Wiesel used the example of dogs because it further shows how the Jews had to dehumanize themselves in order to survive in the concentration camps. The word “leprous” also describes how the dogs, or Jews, will soon die due to a disease. As the author approaches the pit and flames, he thinks to himself, “Never shall I forget that night, … Never shall I forget that smoke. …. Never.” (Night 34). The author repeats the phrase “Never shall I forget” to emphasize the cruelty of the camps and how he will never leave this awful experience behind him.The major issue in this novel, or what I have read so far, is how the Nazi’s treated the jews like they weren’t humans. The Nazi’s didn’t embrace diversity, and no one is less than someone else for any physical appearance. I am a strong believer in at least accepting the differences between humans and extremely against racism, of course, or bringing someone down to feel better about yourself. In this blog, http://www.refinethemind.com/embracing-diversity/ , the author, Jordan, emphasizes how beautiful uniqueness is and gives relevant examples of how discrimination happens all the time around us. He discusses how throughout history people didn’t have the basic understanding that a different skin or eye or hair color does not make one human better than another. As a society, I believe we have improved on this understanding, but there is still more work to be done.
Bates, Jordan. "Embracing Diversity: The Key to a Peaceful World." Refine The Mind. 04 Dec. 2016. Web. 20 Sept. 2017.Wiesel, Elie, and Marion Wiesel. Night. New York: Hill and Wang, a Division of Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2017. Print.