How does one recover with a tragic past?


In the short story, “The Watch” by Elie Wiesel, the author describes his life after the Holocaust, when he went back to his home. Elie was born in Sighet, Romania in 1928 and forcefully taken to a concentration camp in Germany when he was fifteen years old. Before they left for Germany, Elie buried his watch by their home, in hope he will be coming back. Elie Wiesel survived the holocaust along with his two older sisters, although his little sister and parents died in the concentration camps. After going though such a tragedy, Wiesel never lost hope and was able to write a story about his life after the holocaust and the struggles he had facing his past. Coming back twenty years later and finding his watch, he writes, “I was laboring to exhume not an object but time itself, the soul and memory of that time” (By Elie Wiesel; 3). This shows that the watch wasn’t an object, symbolized his past and him as a holocaust survivor. At first when he found the box he didn’t want to open it, but a little voice in his head made him open and visit his past. Once he opened the box, Wiesel wrote, “The pain is blinding, could this thing, this object, be my gift, my pride? My past?” (By Elie Wiesel; 4). This line explains that going back and remembering the past isn’t an easy task but if you never do it you will always wonder and will regret. Overall, one can recover after a tragic past by revisiting the past and acknowledging that he was a holocaust survivor.


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