The main protagonist of Night is a 9 year old boy named Eliezer Wiesel. The setting takes place several years after the start of WWII in the town of Sighet. Eliezer is interested in the path of religion as he wants to learn the Kabbalistic works and Jewish Mysticism
Moishe the Beadle, Eliezer's religious teacher returns to the town of Sighet after being captured. Moishe tries to warn the people of the nightmare about what he saw and experienced. However, no one believes him and they all proceed to live peacefully.
"Jews, listen to me! That's all I ask of you. No money. No pity. Just listen to me!" (Wiesel 7)
Eliezer and all the townspeople from Sighet are taken prisoner and are forced within a train. Ms. Schachter, a woman who was kept prisoner kept screaming about a "fire" but people think she is hallucinating. As the train is getting closer to their destination, a prisoner said that they are arriving at a place called Auschwitz.
"Fire! I see a fire! I see a fire!" (Wiesel 24)
Eliezer and the other prisoners set foot into Auschwitz for the first time. Eliezer's family is separated, leaving Eliezer with his father to take care of. Upon arrival, Eliezer sees many things such as children burning and people worked like slaves. Eliezer and his father would be kept prisoner for many years within the concentration camp and continue to live in a nightmare.
"Don't you understand anything? You will be burned! Burned to a cinder! Turned into ashes!" (Wiesel 31)
Many years have passed since Eliezer was first taken as prisoner as he continued to work and move from camp to camp. One day, he and his father evacuated from his camp because of the Russian Army invading the camp. As time went on, Eliezer's father fell ill and died, leaving Eliezer to defend himself and to survive in the nightmare he lives in.
One day, Eliezer is liberated and set free from Buchenwald. The Americans were responsible for liberating all the inmates within Buchenwald. After the events of Night, Eliezer would tell his story through his eyes on his experiences and the Holocaust to the whole world.