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Night Presentation

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George Apwisch

on 3 March 2014

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Night Presentation
“Our backyard looked like a marketplace. Valuable objects, precious rugs, silver candlesticks, Bibles and other ritual objects were strewn over the dusty grounds-pitiful relics that seemed to have never had a home. All this under a magnificent blue sky.” (pg.15)

I enjoy this passage because it shows that Elie can still see good, through all the bad. Even with his family moving almost all of their belongings, he still notices that the sky is beautiful, which gives him hope. Although, it is also somewhat ironic. If you would look only at the sky, you may assume it is a lovely sunny day. A good day to go to the park, spend time with friends. But if you ignore the sky and look at the city, then you will see a sad, desperate city. One that needs to be freed from whatever is controlling it.


Cattle Cars
Crematorium
Jewish Ghetto
Elie Wiesel
“Some two weeks before Shavout. A sunny spring day, people strolled seemingly carefree through the crowded streets. They exchanged cheerful greetings. Children played games, rolling hazelnuts on the sidewalks.” (pg. 12)

“‘There are eighty of you in the car,’ the German officer added, ‘If anyone goes missing, you all will be shot, like dogs.’ The two disappeared. The doors clanked shut. We had fallen into a trap up to our necks. The doors were nailed, the way back irrevocably cut off. The world had become a hermetically sealed car.” (pg. 24)
This passage gives me an understanding of what it was like inside the cattle cars, which I enjoy. It describes how there were eighty people jammed inside one train car, with no hopes of escape. It also shows how merciless the Nazi’s were. If even one prisoner escaped, they would kill the rest as punishment. They used this to show that they were in power, not the Jews.
This passage shows that just days before the Nazi’s moved in to Sighet, people were happy, unaware of the horrors going on nearby. Even though they did hear radio announcements speaking of the Nazi’s, they never thought much of them. This sets the mood like it is a wonderful day outside, but foreshadows that something bad is going to happen by saying, “Some two weeks before Shavout” and “people strolled seemingly carefree through the crowded streets. They exchanged cheerful greetings.”

I enjoy this quote because it foreshadows the crematoriums. Even though I already know about them and that they were used, the characters such as Elie didn’t. This quote warns them about the crematoriums. I like the effect this quote has because it is similar to the story of “The boy who cried wolf.” After repeating this many times, the other Jew’s get annoyed and start to restrain her then beat her, yet when they arrive, they see the smoke coming from a crematorium, and they smell the burning flesh. This is when they realize that she was having strange dreams and visions, and wasn’t going crazy.

“Fire! I see fire! I see fire!” (pg. 24)
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