Elie Wiesel Background Info!

He was born on September 30, 1928, in Sighet, Transylvania. Elie grew up with three sisters & pursued Jewish religious studies before his family was forced to move to Nazi death camps during WWII. He survived and later he wrote the book Night, along with many books and become an activist, teacher, and speaking out against persecution and injustice around the world.


Description of Elie and death march

Elie was only 15 when they were part of the Holocaust, he had to live with inhumane conditions, slowly starving, and was finally freed from Buchenwald in 1945. Only Elie and two of his sisters survived. At the time he was thin, bald and pale but he had enduring faith in God and the loyalty to his father. The first major death march was the evacuation of about 3,600 prisoners from a camp on Gesia Street in Warsaw, they were forced to march over 80 miles to reach Kutno and about 2,600 only survived. The prisoners who were still alive were packed onto trains where hundreds of people died. Out of 3600 people, less than 2,000 reached Dachau 12 days later.


Train pic http://www.ushmm.org/wlc/en/gallery.php?ModuleId=10006237&MediaType=PH

effects on people

The prisoners were given very little to no food and little to no shelter. Any prisoner who slacked behind or tried to escape was shot, a lot of survivors were killed. Malnutrition led to cognitive decay(Cannot think straight) like comprehension complications, loss of concentration, cannibalism, depression, anxiety, and loss of motivation.


death march resolved

The German armed forces surrendered unconditionally in the west on May 7 and in the east on May 9, 1945. when its almost the last day of the war, German authorities marched prisoners to different locations. May 1, 1945, prisoners who were evacuated from Neuengamme to the North Sea coastline were loaded onto ships. Hundreds of them died when the British bombed the ships a few days later because they thought they carried Germany military equipment.

https://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/Holocaust/marchmap.html for Map


May 11, 1945 German civilians are forced to walk past bodies of 30 Jewish women starved to death by German SS troops in a 300 mile march. Barely any clothes/shelter & NO food so there was no point for them to be there in the Germans mind. The Germans purposely have to dehumanize, kill, brutalize, and weaken the 'prisoners of war'. Death marches usually feature harsh physical labor, humiliation, torture and persecuted if you cannot keep up and march. The German civilians couldn't do anything about it and they did not want to be part of the war or even seeing the Jews laid on the ground because of their SS.


In this picture there is a Death March marcher who is shaking hands with a Prisoner of war before the start of the 26.2 mile march. A total of 30 wounded warriors attended this year's events. The Death Marcher had lost a leg in the march, but now they have  memorial death marches for people in memory and to improve confidence to the survivors about what they had went through. In this picture they respect each other because they know what they had to go through and it is like a way of saying 'you're a strong man, good job'.


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