So we are reading the famed holocaust memoir known only as “Night” and I came across a very interesting character by the name of Moshie the Beetle, he is a poverty stricken foreign jew who is expelled by the Hungarian Police only to find his way back to town and tell people that the men, women, and children were forced to dig their own graves and be shot in rows into said graves
The tragic and memorable part about that character is that nobody believed him when he said all of the horrible things he saw and was disregarded because “the nazis wouldn’t come for them” and they were uncertain those things could actually happen, so he was disregarded and everyone ignored it, even Elie Wiesel, his student. So it became ironic and almost a callback to the provocative and famous poem “First They Came” as they soon became occupied by the German Reich.
So the true point of Moshie’s story in this book is that even the jews were not wholly unresponsible for how they got captured, the jewish people had also forsaken the truth in order to live in a peaceful lie until it was shattered by the black and red eagles and symbols of Hitler’s totalitarian empire.
And for the connection to the present, we can trace back to our own inability to follow the horrors of what actually happens and forcefully live in the fantasy world of optimism. We must learn from our mistakes and take on the true horrors of reality to progress forward as civilizations, and as a race.