Character Analysis of Elie Weisels `Legends of our Time`
Most of the books by Wiesel, are the combination of facts and fiction. His sincerity to highlight the Nazi atrocities is unquestionable and being the sufferer of the holocaust, he has then right to open up his mind. In the book, Legends of our Time, Wiesel is the main character. Its contents are recollection of the past and his past and Wiesel has authored another thought-provoking book. Such recollections are not always sweet and for Wiesel it can never be sweet. When he returns to Sighet in Romania and walks on the streets of his hometown, he must have seen the death-dance of thousands of ghosts of Nazi brutalities hovering around him, and questioning, “Are you still there?” Wiesel bemoans, “”Nothing had changed. The house was the same, the street was the same, the world was the same, and God was the same. Only the Jews had disappeared.” Can you imagine anything like that?
Was Wiesel in vacant or pensive mood throughout his sojourn through the streets of the township? His heart must have been like the muffled drum. One of the few utterances of Adolph Hitler before his death was, “Brutal force has not won anything durable.” But that he realized, after being responsible for killing more than six million Jews and displacing how many, we do not have the count! So, Wiesel’s basic question in the Legends of our Time remains unaltered. Where was God? Why the so called enlightened Western World leadership did watch silently when the Jews were led to the gas chambers like lambs to the slaughter house? Why the Jews did not retaliate?”.
He states in this book “That is what I reproach us for: our boundless arrogance in thinking we know everything.” And “I repeat: hatred is no solution.” He is amazed, how the current residents of the town treat it as a story to be read and the magazine that published it to be discarded! Forgetting one’s sins is a bigger evil than condoning them. Committing the sin is less grave than forgetting and ignoring it.
This worst tragedy known in the human history has not provided any directional movement to the whole episode. It is treated like another First Information Report lodged at the Police Station—this sets Wiesel pondering and makes him revert to his groove of deep melancholy.