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Compare and Contrast of Elie Wiesel and Wladyslaw Szpilman

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There were many different variations and experiences throughout the holocaust. Many people lost their families and friends. Some of those people documented their history and memories. Elie Wiesel and Wladyslaw Szpilman, were two of those people. People like Elie and Wladek, were the strongest and bravest people to walk on this earth. The Jewish people were, forced into the worst mass genocide in history, called the holocaust. Adolf Hitler, the leader of the nazi party, organized these killings. The Jewish people, were forced out of their homes into ghettos. This is how each Elie's and Wladek's life were changed, and this can be seen in the books, movies, and tales of each.

Elie Wiesel, the writer of the book night, made his story so that points could be proven to the world. Elie's journey started in his hometown where he was taken, and forced into the ghetto. Many think ghettos are way of life in which African Americans live, when really it was where millions of Jews were living before they were brought to concentration camps. The Jewish people went through this awful event in which niot many survivors came to tell their story.

During his journey Elie, went to a camp called Birkenau. While at birkenau, elie was separated from his mother and sisters. He and his father were taken along with many other able men to Auschwitz. Auschwitz is known as the worst concentration camp, because of how many deaths occurred there. Elie is forced through the worst and after it all, he barely cares. He held his dad as he died from dysentery, watched his friends kill others for the smallest crumbs, and people lose themselves.

Wladek is a polish pianist who starts out very famous during the bombing of Poland. He is recording a composition of his while he is rocked away and all are forced to leave the building. When he arrives home the worst is assumed and his family figures out they were bombed by the Germans. While the community recovers, the Germans throw a barrage of insults and obstacles. The Jewish people are forced to wear armbands with a blue Star of David and soon are forced into the ghetto.

While staying in the ghetto, Wladek and his family of six are forced to stay in a small apartment. Much like the others staying, they faced the difficulties of paying for food. Wladek witnessed many of his own people starve within the walls of the ghetto. Wladek and his brother are asked to join the Gestapo by a family friend, but decline, saying that they can afford food with their own jobs. Even within the ghetto Wladek is a respected pianist and has a job at a restaurant. When the jews are forced out of the ghetto, Wladek is rescued by his Gestapo friend. Wladek stays and watches while his family is put on a train to a concentration camp. After the camp is searched by germans and he escapes the ghetto and runs for his life. HE comes to a run down building where he hides and is protected by a German captain, who enjoyed his piano playing.

Elie and Wladek are two very different people. Their only similarities might have been that they were both jewish. Elie is very young going into the holocaust at the age of thirteen. Where Wladek is in his mid twenties and and much older than Elie. There differences were great and there similarities are limited. Although they were different in place and age, They shared the same experience of losing their families and living in the ghetto.




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