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Anne Frank’s “The Diary of a Young Girl” and Elie Wiesel‘s “Night”: A literary analysis and comparison of Holocaust literature

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  1. Ruth Wood (2007) explains that the reading of Anne Frank's diary.
  2. Elie Wiesel also writes passages that are shocking for readers.
  3. Daniel R. Schwarz (1998) discusses the ethical reading techniques.
  4. There are many similarities between Anne Frank's diary and Elie Wiesel's novel.
  5. After Wiesel's arrival at the camps.

The Holocaust of the 1940s is one of the most abominable periods in world history. Approximately eleven million Jews lost their lives during World War II due to Nazi genocidal policy enforced by Adolf Hitler. Jews were beaten to death, starved, burned in human crematoriums, enslaved, and forbidden to associate with the outside world. Jewish survivors of the genocide are living testimonies of this ghastly period in history, and the magnitude of this crime against humanity goes beyond the meaning of evil. In addition to numerous personal accounts of the Jewish genocide, a number of famous texts also provide the reality and the proof that the Holocaust did indeed take place. Two such written documents include Anne Frank's famous book ?The Diary of a Young Girl? and Elie Wiesel's Nobel Peace Prize winning book ?Night?. Both texts describe what life was like as a Jew during the Nazi regime, although there are differences in the writing style and scope of each book. Anne Frank's book is a revised and edited version of her personal diary as a young girl from 1942 to 1944, while Elie Wiesel's book is written in the form of a fictionalized autobiographical novel of his account in concentration camps as a teenage boy. The authors both urge readers through their heart-rendering accounts to never forget the atrocities and inhumane treatment of the Jewish people during the Holocaust. They both keep the memories alive by their writings, and further allow readers and humanity to deeply sympathize with the plight of the Jews. Because of these two books, readers are made to learn the history of World War II to understand the events that subjected Jewish people to such torture and evil treatment.

[...] In Diary of a Young Girl? Frank describes her life in Amsterdam, Holland, but she also explains that she and her family lived in Germany before fleeing to another country because of the fear that Adolf Hitler put into German-Jews during World War II. On October Frank states in her diary ?Fine specimens of humanity, those Germans, and to think I'm actually one of them! No, that's not true; Hitler took away our nationality long ago. And besides, there are no greater enemies on earth than the Germans and the Jews? (The Diary of a Young Girl 55). [...]


[...] It is, however, the evil events of the Nazis that starts these feelings in Wiesel as a young boy who has gone from wanting to know the principles of the Kabbalah to questioning whether God even exists. Diary of a Young Girl? by Anne Frank and by Wiesel allow humanity to enter into the world of the Holocaust and learn about the tragic events that took place. A common agreement among survivors and victims of the Holocaust is that there could never possibly be the exact language to describe the horrors that took place during this dark period in history. The two texts written by Frank and Wiesel, [...]


[...] This leads to understanding the issues of war and genocide that were occurring in the 1940s, which leads into a deeper insight of the dark side of humanity and the Holocaust which was started by Adolf Hitler. This critical analysis in understanding the world beyond Wiesel's text can only aid in the fight against anything like the Jewish genocide from every happening again. Although there are many similarities between Anne Frank's diary and Elie Wiesel's novel, there are also major differences in tone and writing style within the two books. [...]

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