Relative to this, ferenc Kornfeld reports : Without exception, the kapos all had big sticks. He also said a kapo armband went with a double food ration. And, They continually shouted and they hit people on the head and the neck. Kornfeld wrote about Buchenwald: There were common criminals, murderers and thieves, in concentration camps too. They were called the Blockältesters. They were the kapos (bosses). As they were murderers, they had black triangles on their uniforms.
Yeager : An, autobiography by Chuck, yeager
Schiller, who appears briefly in Night, was a father figure and mentor, especially for the polish-Jewish boys and many of the czech-Jewish boys, but he was less liked, and even feared, by hungarian- and Romanian-Jewish boys, especially religious boys, including wiesel. He appears in Night as a menacing figure, armed with a truncheon. First, waltzer mentions the underground. But they did not have the power to hide away the youths who were assigned to the special barracks. It was a policy of the camp Commandant to separate these children to keep them safe, to feed them as well as possible, and they were fully aware of the childrens barrack 66 daily where they were kept. There may have been a local ss officer assigned to look after Block 66 to make sure everything was being done according to regulations that is, even to supervise, to some extent, the communist block leaders. The story that it was the communists who saved these boys from death is a fiction that was created later, after the liberation of the camp and the formation of the buchenwald association which was made up of former prisoners of communist persuasion. It was the camp authorities who made the decision to place the children away and apart from the adult prisoners, not the underground resistance. Second, wiesel writes in Night, gustav, the Blockälteste, made it clear with his club that they had to obey the order to gather in the Appelplatz. Doesnt this imply that the communist overseers were not necessarily acting as father-figures and mentors, but simply as guards? Also note that the kapo gustav was carrying a club and used it, while earlier it was an officer in the barracks who wielded a club against Eliezers father.
Such lateness was unprecedented in the history of Buchenwald. Same problem as above: the official story (and Waltzers story) tells us that the communist veterans had these boys resumes hidden away in the small camp where they cared for them, keeping them away from the ss and the camp authorities. We know that the ss did not go inside the blocks. Yet wiesel writes that they did every day because on this day they were late. Covering for wiesel, waltzer writes on his website : the 16-year old wiesel was assigned to a special barracks that was created and maintained by the clandestine underground resistance in the camp as part of a strategy of saving youths. . This block, block 66, was located in the deepest part of the disease-infested little camp, a separate space below the main camp at Buchenwald that was beyond the normal nazi ss gaze (the local ss officer actively cooperated and conducted appels inside the barracks). The barracks was overseen by block elder Antonin Kalina, a czech Communist from Prague, and his deputy, gustav schiller, a polish-Jewish Communist originally from lvov. Odon Gati, a communist from Budapest, was stubendienst.
But they never came inside the barracks. Inmates, no matter how much in charge they might be, were not called officers. So who was this mysterious officer who was inside the barracks? Not ss at all; just part of the fiction and another attempt to assign brutalities to the. Eliezer says he did not weep for his father. He was transferred to the childrens block, where he remained with 600 others until April. Thats two and a half months, yet he tells us nothing of that time except that he did have an appetite and his only interest was getting an extra ration of soup. On April 5 (he knew the exact date) we were inside the block, waiting for an ss to come and count.
Yeager : An, autobiography : Charles Chuck janos, leo
Again, there is no explanation given for this. . he then writes dissertation that on the third day after their arrival everybody had to go to the showers, even the sick. Having done that (with no description of the process at all they again had to wait a long time outside the barracks while they were being cleaned. He fills a couple of pages with scenes of watching his father deteriorate amidst all the heartlessness. Then, after a week, a blockälteste (block warden) told him he couldnt save his father and he should help himself by eating write his fathers rations. Instead, he pretends to be sick so he can stay in the barracks with his father. He doesnt go to roll call.
Now comes the famous passage in which he writes: In front of the block, the ss were giving orders. An officer passed between the bunks. My father was pleading: my son, waterIm burning upmy insides The officer shouts at him to be quiet, walks over with a club and hits him a violent blow to the head. On that night, january 28, 1945, his father allegedly died. The main problems with reality in this passage are: 1) The ss is known to have not been active inside the camp; the prisoner-trustees, usually communists, took care of giving the prisoners their orders. So the ss would not be in front of the block giving orders. 2) An officer can only be an ss officer.
Wiesel writes: I walked for hours without finding him. Then I came to a block where they were distributing black coffee. 3, he heard his fathers voice asking for some coffee. He brought it to him. He was lying on the boards, meaning, i suppose, a bare bunk.
Then, we had been ordered to go outside to allow for cleaning of the blocks (barracks). Only the sick could remain inside. (If that was the case, they were not fumigating.) we stayed outside for five hours. We were given soup. When they allowed us to return to the blocks, i rushed toward my father who told Eliezer he had not been given any soup because they said we would die soon and it would be a waste of food. Apparently, he stayed with his father in that barracks, making sure he was fed. Were they allowed to live in whatever barracks they chose?
Yeager : An, autobiography buy
2, are we to believe that the kapos, or veterans of Buchenwald, allowed non-disinfected, non-showered new arrivals into the barracks, possibly carrying lice and other vermin with them? No way could this have happened. Yet wiesel writes: we let ourselves sink into the floor. To sleep was all that mattered. I guess it was okay because they didnt get into the beds. In the morning, having essays lost track of his father the night before, he went to search for him. What about the regimentation? What about the early morning roll call?
He makes it sound as if it were one of those among them, but it actually had to be a kapo. He writes that hundreds of prisoners crowded the shower area and made it difficult to get in, therefore his father wanted to find a place to sit down and wait—which he did in a pile of snow where there were other bodies sticking out. Dead or alive were not plan told. Its one of those literary scenes wherein Eliezer confronts death via his fear of his fathers death. He writes: This discussion (with his father) continued for some time. Then sirens began to wail lights went out guards chased us toward the blocks. They obviously did not get a hot shower. Wiesel adds: The cauldrons at the entrance found no takers.
happen? Wiesel also tries to explain why he cut out from the ending so much of what was in the yiddish version, but in doing so he leaves unmentioned an extensive part of what he cut. I have"d these two endings. Shadowy Origins of Night, part. Wiesel begins his experience at Buchenwald by writing that upon reaching the entrance to the buchenwald camp along with his father and all the new arrivals from his transport, the ss counted them and they were directed to the. Appelplatz (roll call area inside the camp) where loudspeakers ordered Form ranks of fives! Groups of one hundred! He then writes, a veteran of Buchenwald (as he puts it told us that we would be taking a shower and afterward be sent to different blocks.
Night about Buchenwald to see if that is the gender case. Its not too difficult because the newest English edition. Night 1 —a new translation by wife marion wiesel which changes (corrects) some of the more blatant boo-boos found in the original 1960 edition—comprises only 115 pages. Of that, wiesels description of his time at Buchenwald begins on page 104, giving it only 11 pages (one page being blank). Wiesel wrote a new preface for this new translation in which he tries to answer some of the more common criticisms of his book. His answer to the differences between the yiddish. And the world Remained Silent and, night is that he cut passages he thought might be superfluous or too personal, too private, perhaps. Strange thing to say since he had already published.
Yeager : An Autobiography : : Chuck yeager, leo lanos
Posted on July 18, 2011 at 12:59. By carolyn yeager, ken Waltzer wrote in his comment on this blog on June 27th: More important, Elie wiesels commentary. Night bears fairly close resemblance to the actual real experiences he had at Buchenwald—as recorded in camp documents. (my italics what are we to make of the words fairly close resemblance? According to waltzer—and to wiesel—wiesel is writing down his own experience. Every word is true! Wiesel has said of his book, night. Thus it should exactly resemble the actual experience he had. Im going to examine closely what is written.