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NIGHT by Elie Wiesel

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NIGHT by Elie Wiesel
Important Passage
"No water, no blankets, less soup and bread. At night we slept almost naked and the temperature was thirty below. We were collecting corpses by the hundreds every day." pg.70
Biography of Elie Wiesel
Elie Wiesel, byname of Eliezer Wiesel (born September 30, 1928, Sighet, Romania), Romanian-born Jewish writer, whose works provide a sober yet passionate testament of the destruction of European Jewry during World War II. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Peace in 1986.
Wiesel’s early life, spent in a small Hasidic community in the town of Sighet, was a rather hermetic existence of prayer and contemplation. In 1940 Sighet was annexed by Hungary, and, though the Hungarians were allied with Nazi Germany, it was not until the Germans invaded in March 1944 that the town was brought into the Holocaust. Within days, Jews were “defined” and their property confiscated. By April they were ghettoized, and on May 15 the deportations to Auschwitz began. Wiesel, his parents, and three sisters were deported to Auschwitz, where his mother and a sister were killed. He and his father were sent to Buna-Monowitz, the slave labour component of the Auschwitz camp. In January 1945 they were part of a death march to Buchenwald, where his father died on January 28 and from which Wiesel was liberated in April.
Syntax
"Never shall I forget that night, the first night in camp, that turned my life into one long night seven times sealed. Never shall I forget that smoke. Never shall I forget the small faces of the children whose bodies I saw transformed into smoke under a silent sky. Never shall I forget those flames that consumed my faith forever. Never shall I forget the nocturnal silence that deprived me for all eternity of the desire to live. Never shall I forget those moments that murdered my God and my soul and turned my dreams to ashes. Never shall I forget those things, even were I condemned to live as long as God Himself. Never." pg.34 - parallel syntax
Diction
"We never saw him again. He had been given the news. The real news." pg.45 - connotation. Stein found out that his family is dead.
Imagery
Brief History of the Holocaust
The Holocaust (also called Ha-Shoah in Hebrew) refers to the period from January 30, 1933 - when Adolf Hitler became chancellor of Germany - to May 8, 1945, when the war in Europe officially ended. During this time, Jews in Europe were subjected to progressively harsher persecution that ultimately led to the murder of 6,000,000 Jews (1.5 million of these being children) and the destruction of 5,000 Jewish communities. These deaths represented two-thirds of European Jewry and one-third of all world Jewry.
Auditory
"Mrs. Schachter had lost her mind... as we were sleeping, some of us sitting, huddled against each other, some of us standing, a piercing cry broke the silence: 'Fire! I see a fire! I see a fire!'" pg.26
Gustatory
"That night, the soup tasted of corpses." pg.65
Olfactory
"A wretched stench floated in the air...the smell of burning flesh." pg.28
Tactile
"I ran, feeling neither pain nor cold." pg.82
Visual
"Then the entire camp, block after block, filed past the hanged boy and stared at his extinguished eyes, the tongue hanging from his gaping mouth. The Kapos forced everyone to look him squarely in the face." pg.63
Thematic Statement
Survival, even though the Holocaust was a rough and physical experience Elie did everything he could do to survive.
presentation by Joshua Venghaus
"Elie Wiesel". Encyclopædia Britannica. Encyclopædia Britannica Online.
Encyclopædia Britannica Inc., 2014. Web. 28 Jan. 2014
The Jews who died were not casualties of the fighting that ravaged Europe during World War II. Rather, they were the victims of Germany's deliberate and systematic attempt to annihilate the entire Jewish population of Europe, a plan Hitler called the “Final Solution” (Endlosung).
"History of the Holocaust - An Introduction." Jewish Virtual Library - Homepage. N.p., n.d. Web. 28 Jan. 2014.
"The next morning, the 'veteran' inmates treated us without brutality. We went to wash. We were given new clothing. They brought us black coffee." pg.42 - Tone - uplifting
"'Yisgadal, veyiskadash, shmey raba...May His name be celebrated and sancfied...' wispered my father" pg.33 - Dialect
"'You're crushing me... have mercy!' the voice was familiar. 'You're crushing me... mercy, have mercy." pg.93 -Anaphora
"I soon forgot him" pg.86 - telegraphic sentence
The Holocaust lasted from January 30, 1933 to May 8, 1945. In result of the Holocaust about six million Jews were murdered. These were the victims of Hitler's "Final Solution"
This shows how harsh the conditions were for the Jewish prisoners in the Holocaust.
This shows the effects of losing your mind
Looking a boy in his eyes as he is hanging there by his neck must of been heartbreaking.
The feeling of your feet going numb and still having to run must have been a hard thing to do.
This quote expresses what the people involved in the Holocaust had to smell on a daily basis.
This quote exhibits how all the dead and dieing bodies not only effected the mind, but the stomach as well.
Eliezer Wiesel is a Holocaust surviver. He was born on September 30, 1928 in Sighet, Romania. In 1944 Elie and his family started the long and ruthless journey in the Holocaust. That journey ended in May 1945. Unfourtunately, Elie was the only surviver out of his family.
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