About three years ago, I began reading at a fiercely fast rate, about three to four books a week. This was during the winter break of my school, which was three months. So I got a couple of books read. Among one of them was Night by Ellie Wiesel – who I just as of now learned that has unfortunately died at the age of 87.
Night was quite a brief read, but the effect that it had on me was no less of astonishing. I finished it in one setting because I was so attached to the narrative of the whole story from the first couple of pages. Night is the first memoir book in a series of three which describes Wiesel’s experience of the holocaust. I have read only the first one which is Night, that describes his arrival at Auschwitz with his father and how much humans can get evil. I read the book cover to cover, and when I finished the book around five pm, I cried for a while. I hadn’t eaten lunch or dinner and I hadn’t done anything else since I started reading the book.
His experience at Auschwitz shows how much things could go wrong and how much the rest of the humanity could turn a blind eye to everything. It shows that it must “never happen again”.
Today at my Ethics class there was a discussion around the topic of Utilitarianism and what is morally right to do when presented with moral dilemmas, we explored many example, one which was the Holocaust. Certainly it should be said that there should be no dilemma as to the Holocaust happening again, the answer is just no. It should never happen again.
People like Ellie Wiesel will live on with their stories. I hope my generation and the generations after me is much more careful when making decisions (which always has moral implications).