What does the term "The Race" mean in Night?

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The race "toward death?"

@jill d I'm not sure.. this is the paragraph

"It was then that I understood what had first appealed to me

about this young Jew: the gaze of a Lazarus risen from the dead

yet still held captive in the somber regions into which he had

strayed, stumbling over desecrated corpses. For him, Nietzsche's

cry articulated an almost physical reality: God is dead, the God of

love, of gentleness and consolation, the God of Abraham, Isaac,

and Jacob had, under the watchful gaze of this child, vanished forever

into the smoke of the human holocaust demanded by the

Race, the most voracious of all idols."