Even though the Jews were very spiritual and religious people, their days in the camps changed the way they looked at God for many prisoners. Maybe the sense of feeling betrayed by God slowly faded their faith away. Still some prisoners held firmly to their religion and stuck by it through all of the pain, anger, starvation, exhaustion, and confusion. Others like Eli, questioned why such horrible accounts were occurring to them, and why should they praise someone that is not taking pity and helping them. A man asks while a hanging is occurring, "where is God". I'm sure this is what is going through many prisoner's minds. Where is God? In the concentration camps like Auschwitz, God was the last thing on their mind. The one and only motive that pushed them was hunger. Hunger is an extremely powerful motive, and while most prisoners were starving to death, religion barely crossed their minds. Maybe that's why most of them didn't survive, because they lost faith.
I completely agree with you Cecilia. The Jews had nuerous things to worry about death, their next meal, labor, the war, and of course their families. Many of the Jews were just living day by day with no hope in tomorrow. I find it extremely hard to try to take a test on an empty stomach at school. I could not imagine being forced to do harsh labor while sparingly consuming anything but stale bread and water. The thoughts of the fate of my loved ones would haunt my dreams at night. And of course the most gutt wrenching thought of beinf the next burnt corpse thrown into the trenches. The Jews had lost their faith. They no longer had the stregth to believe in a higher power when the only thing evident to them was torture. I would have asked the same question, "Where is my savior?" "Why are my needs being neglected?" "Why me Lord?" The Lord did't seem to show many signs of salvation from their terrible situation. Faith was traded for the hopes of survival.-KeAmber Green
For most Jewish people religion is a big part of their life. You have to look at it through their eyes. Your being uprooted from your homes, and being lied to. You see children burn, and familys split up. You think to yourself why is god letting this happen. All that time I have spent praying was it all for nothing. Just to die like the rest of my people. The Jews are slowly losing faith as it seems to me. I was slightly confused by the answer. When the prisoner said it "Where is good now". It seems he meant as a relief but as you look at the situation you think otherwise.
I believe that Elie here is so lost and tared apart and so hurt that he starts to lose his faith and starts asking himself "where's God?" which i would probably doing in the moment too, because they were suffering so much that they asked themselves why God didn't get them out of this whole chaos and depression in the concentration camps.
Daniella,You didn't answer the question.