- In the memoir Night written by Elie Wiesel, Eli, a teenager had been taken away from his home and taken to the Auschwitz concentration camp. Night is the scary record of Elie Wiesel ’s memories of the death of his own family and the death of his own innocence as he tries to fight his way out of the concentration camp.
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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.
The novel is only 100 pages in length, but its impact has been long-lasting. Elie Wiesel engages in some of his most poignant themes in Night. These include father/son relationships, death, and the loss of religion. The values that he and his family hold dear start to fall apart almost as soon as the novel begins.
Elie Wiesel wrote Night after observing a ten-year-long period of silence after the liberation of the Nazi concentration camps in Europe at the end of the Second World War. Wiesel, when speaking about the novel, described it as picking up where The Diary of Anne Frank left off.
- Emma Baldwin
Early in Night, Moishe the Beadle and other foreign-born Jews are deported out of Sighet on the same cattle cars that will later be used to transport Elie. At the time, the Jews of Sighet assume...