These novels directly affect society in general and especially impact Judaism. They say, yes, I've suffered, but when has a Jew not suffered? Once again the God of Abraham would save his people, as always, at the last moment, when all seemed lost.
This usually constitutes physical abuse, humiliation, death, and perhaps most importantly, denying self expression. During the Middle Ages, the Jews, when they chose death, were convinced that by their sacrifice they were glorifying and sanctifying God's name.
But by asking questions, some have grown to learn that God never did things the way people expect Him to, and that fact becomes the cornerstone of the new start to their theology.
He receives many answers, though none are satisfactory. With all our knowledge, we cannot guess at his reasons for doing anything. Lifton stressed the absurdity of a quasi-scientific analysis of the human race developing in the 20th Century. Lifton was born in Brooklyn inand remained in America throughout the duration of World War Two.
In Elie Wiesel's memoir Night, he reminisces about his experiences in a Nazi concentration camp during the Holocaust.