"Night" by Elie Wiesel

"Night" by Elie Wiesel
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  • "Night" by Elie Wiesel
  • Chapter 1: Moving to the Small Ghetto
  • "People must have thought there could be no greater torment in God's hell than that of being stranded here, on the sidewalk, among bundles, in the middle of the street under the blazing sun." page 16
  • Chapter 2: Uncomfortable Cattle Car
  • There are eighty of you in the car. If anyone goes missing, you will all be shot, like dogs. page 24
  • In 1944, in the village of Sighet, Romania, twelve-year-old Elie Wiesel spends much time and emotion on the Talmud and on Jewish mysticism. His instructor, Moishe the Beadle, returns from a near-death experience and warns that Nazi aggressors will soon threaten the serenity of their lives.
  • Chapter 3: Reconnecting With A Relative
  • I heard people say that a transport had arrived from your region and I came to look for you. I thought you might have some news of Reizel and my two small boys who stayed in Antwerp. page 43
  • The German soldiers came into the city of Sighet acting not exactly friendly, but still not acting violently toward the Jewish people. The Germans eventually turned their backs on the Jewish people. The German soldiers and Hungarian police moved the Jewish out of their homes and into a small ghetto. The Jewish people could only bring only a few items along with them.
  • Chapter 4: Hanging On By A Rope
  • "The SS seemed more preoccupied, more worried, than usual. To hang a child in front of thousands of onlookers was not a small matter" page 64
  • Once the Jews were transported to the small ghetto they stayed for one night. The Jews were then sent to be put into cattle cars, eighty people per car. The doors were nailed shut. Lying down was not an option and everyone had to take turns sitting down. There was one window where the lucky people were sitting. The Jews had to save their food because they didn't know when they would get more than what they had brought from their houses. The Jews did not know where they were headed.
  • Chapter 5: Losing Faith
  • Why, but why would I bless Him? Every fiber in me rebelled. Because He caused thousands of children to burn in His mass graves? Because He kept six crematoria working day and night, including Sabbath and the Holy Days? Because in his great might, He had created Auschwitz, Birkenau, Buna, and so many other factories of death? page 67
  • The Jews made their final destination at Auschwitz. The men and women were split up, so Elie was separated from his mother and sister but still had his father. Elie and his father knew they would have to stay together to survive. While settling into Auschwitz and having role call, Elie and his father were approached by a relative that they had not seen in awhile. The relative asked about his family in which he got separated from and missed very much. Elie lied to his relative, Stein, from Antwerp by telling him that Stein's family was fine. Elie knew his mother had not received a letter from Stein's family in a few years.
  • After a while at Auschwitz, Elie and his father witnessed harsh activities in the camp. Many people were hung because of multiple reasons. For example, one man was hung because whenever an alert went off he went after the soup cauldrons that were not guarded, out in the open. The inmates tipped their caps in honor of the victims. The hardest one to forget was the hanging of the young, pipel, boy. The boy was hung with two others because they were in possession of armed weapons. The boy hung on the rope for more than half an hour, since he was so young the rope was not tight enough on his neck to kill him instantly.
  • After Elie witnessed the death of many Jewish people around him, he started questioning his faith in God. Elie doesn't understand how God could allow young children and babies to die, concentration camps to exist, crematories to exist, and he feels betrayed. Elie has always been a strong believer in God studying the Talmud during the day and Kabbalah at night. Losing his faith in God made a major impact on his life and the people around him.
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