The setting is Germany in the 1940's. Wiesel and his family are awaiting the end of World War II.
Nazis raided the Jewish Ghettos and Wiesel's family was imprisoned. They, along with 80 other passengers, were put on cattle cars going to an unknown destination.
They arrived at the concentration camp and their family was split up, people were sent to the cremetorium and others were sent to work. They were starved and given very hard, painful work. Many people were beaten and died from exhaustion. Wiesel and his father witnessed their friends, neighbors, and strangers break down under the inhumane conditions.
Wiesel's father dies due to dysentery and overall poor health. Elie's life no longer matters in the camps. He does not recall the weeks without him.
The camp is liberated and the prisoners are free.
The theme of Night is to never stay silent or take the easy way out. Many people around the world turned a blind eye to the inhumanities taking place during the Holocaust because they were afraid or could not be bothered. If these people were to speak up it might never have escalated to the horrifying level it got to.