The choice of La Nuit Night as the title of Elie Wiesel's documentary work is propitious in that it epitomizes both physical darkness and the darkness of the soul. Because young Elie and his father observe the sacrifice of a truckload of children in a fiery ditch and watch the flaming corpses light up the night sky at Birkenau, the darkness evokes multiple implications. The crisply methodical work of the Nazi death camps spreads over night and day and actualizes the fanatical intent of Hitler to wipe out all traces of European Jewry. The night that enshrouds their humanity obliterates mercy and human feeling: So long as the perpetrators of consummate evil can view genocide as a worthy job, the "night" of their soullessness shines in medals and commendations for their commitment to the Nazi world view, which pictures a future of blue-eyed blondes, all derived from Gentile backgrounds. More significant than these intertwined forms of night is the darkening of young Elie's idealism. Once moved to identify with past martyrs of the Babylonian Captivity and the Spanish Inquisition, he finds himself standing outside the romantic episodes of historical anti-Semitism on a dismal scene that his eyes absorb in disbelief.
The Loss of Faith in God in the Book Night by Elie Wiesel
Akiba starts off as a strong believer in God and in his religion, but over the course of his stay in the concentration camps, his whole perspective and priorities change. He just kept repeating that it was all over for him, that he could no longer fight, he had no more strength, no more faith. It is not only Elie who loses his faith in the concentration camps, but other long-time believers as well.
The symbolic portrayal of the nighttime helps to add a deeper meaning to the text. The title of the novel, Night, brings the symbol. In Night, by Elie Wiesel, he was experiencing depressing times and he a Jewish philosopher, had turned away from God. Elie Wiesel's temptation, caused from his grievous situation should not have allowed him to forget who God was. If Elie Wiesel had remembered Psalm and Proverbs he would have acknowledged God in all his hardships.