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Table of Contents Plot Overview Note: Minor details have been altered, but what happens to Eliezer is what happened to Wiesel himself during the Holocaust. Night is narrated by Eliezer, a Jewish teenager who, when the memoir begins, lives in his hometown of Sighet, in Hungarian Transylvania.
Eliezer studies the Torah the first five books of the Old Testament and the Cabbala a doctrine of Jewish mysticism.
His instruction is cut short, however, when his teacher, Moishe the Beadle, is deported. In a few months, Moishe returns, telling a horrifying tale: Nobody believes Moishe, who is taken for a lunatic. In the spring ofthe Nazis occupy Hungary. Soon they are herded onto cattle cars, and a nightmarish journey ensues.
After days and nights crammed into the car, exhausted and near starvation, the passengers arrive at Birkenau, the gateway to Auschwitz. Upon his arrival in Birkenau, Eliezer and his father are separated from his mother and sisters, whom they never see again.
The Jewish arrivals are stripped, shaved, disinfected, and treated with almost unimaginable cruelty. Eventually, their captors march them from Birkenau to the main camp, Auschwitz. They eventually arrive in Buna, a work camp, where Eliezer is put to work in an electrical-fittings factory.
In the camp, the Jews are subject to beatings and repeated humiliations. A vicious foreman forces Eliezer to give him his gold tooth, which is pried out of his mouth with a rusty spoon.
The prisoners are forced to watch the hanging of fellow prisoners in the camp courtyard. On one occasion, the Gestapo even hang a small child who had been associated with some rebels within Buna. Because of the horrific conditions in the camps and the ever-present danger of death, many of the prisoners themselves begin to slide into cruelty, concerned only with personal survival.
Sons begin to abandon and abuse their fathers. Eliezer himself begins to lose his humanity and his faith, both in God and in the people around him.
After months in the camp, Eliezer undergoes an operation for a foot injury. While he is in the infirmary, however, the Nazis decide to evacuate the camp because the Russians are advancing and are on the verge of liberating Buna.
In the middle of a snowstorm, the prisoners begin a death march: Many die of exposure to the harsh weather and exhaustion. At Gleiwitz, the prisoners are herded into cattle cars once again. They begin another deadly journey: Throughout the ordeal, Eliezer and his father help each other to survive by means of mutual support and concern.
Eliezer survives, an empty shell of a man until April 11,the day that the American army liberates the camp.Night, Elie Wiesel’s memoir of the Holocaust, tells of his concentration camp experience.
Encompassing events from the end of to , the book ponders a series of questions, whose answers. Wiesel depicts the story of his time during the Holocaust in his novel, Night.
In Night, Elie was taken from everything he knew, his home, his family, his friends, and his spiritual mentor. The time spent at the camps transformed him into someone he could not recognize. after the Holocaust one of the survivors Elie Wiesel wrote his book Night telling his life story in the Holocaust.
Wiesel was the first to give the name "Holocaust", which literally means destruction by fire, to the experience of European Jews in World War II. Eliezer "Elie" Wiesel KBE (/ It was translated into English as Night in The book sold few copies after its publication, Wiesel returned to Hungary for his first visit since the Holocaust.
During this visit, Wiesel participated in a conference at the Upper House Chamber of the Hungarian Parliament, Occupation: Author, professor, activist. Night: A Memoir [Elie Wiesel, Marion Night also addresses many of the philosophical and personal questions implicit in any serious consideration of the Holocaust.
The memorial edition of Night includes the unpublished text of a speech that Wiesel delivered before the United Nations "Night is a slender book But it packs a 5/5(11).
In the book Night by Elie Wiesel, the Jews were victims of the Nazis and were dehumanized to the equivalence of animals, treated horribly, and faced with the challenge of survival daily. The most common example of dehumanization in the book was what they were called.