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Night annotations

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Kerry Acker

on 25 April 2016

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Transcript of Night annotations

a nonfictional account of a particular memory
"Never shall I forget that night..."
p. 46 Germans' indifference
Monday, February 17, 2014
Vol XCIII, No. 311
Wiesel breaks silence
In Chapter 1
In Chapter 2
In chapter 4
In Chapter 3
p. 5 "I pray to the God within for the strength to ask Him the real questions."
p. 7 "Jews, listen to me! That's all I ask of you. No money. No pity. Just listen to me!"
p. 10-11 removal of Jewish rights little by little
p. 13 liquidation of the ghetto
p. 19 "That was when I began to hate them, and my hatred remains our only link today. They were our first oppressors. They were the first faces of hell and death."

pp. 14, 20 Hungarian inspector; Maria the servant

p. 22 a moral dilemma: "One person was placed in charge of every car: if someone managed to escape, that person would be shot."
p. 24--dilemma similar to p. 22

p. 24--foreshadowing of Mrs. Schacter

p. 27-- lies to the Jews

p. 28--arrival in Birkenau (Auschwitz II)

p. 48, 51, 56 removal of gold crowns
p. 49 Jews not allowed to play German music
p. 58 (and before) Idek's treatment of Elie and the young Polish girl
p. 59 "Fear was greater than hunger."--the man and the soup
p. 62 boy who died for "stealing"
p. 65 the death of the pipel and to Elie, of God
Terms, Places, and People:
--Kommando: word detail/unit of slave labor
--Kapos: inmates in charge
--Buna: work camp (sub camp of Auschwitz; Auschwitz III)
--Juliek: p. 49 Polish and cynical
--Louis: p. 49 Dutch violinist
--Hans: p. 49 German and witty
--Franek: Polish foreman who steals Elie's gold crown
--Idek: Kapo with fits of rage
--Yossi and Tibi: Zionist Czech brothers
--Blockalteste: Alphonse, a German Jew
--Akiba Drumer: studies the Kabbalah
--the French girl: shows compassion
Over ten years after his liberation, Elie decides to write about his experience.

His goal is to "sensitize the reader or the student" because "the opposite of love is not hate, but indifference."
p. 29 selection
p. 32 children thrown into flames
p. 33 doubt in God
"For the first time, I felt anger rising within me. Why should I sanctify His name?"
p. 34 "Never shall I forget ..." (anaphora)
p. 35 equality in nakedness
p. 37 Night's theme
p. 39 abuse of Elie's father
p. 42 a number for name
Like Cattle
In Buna, the work camp
10 year self vow over
Night annotations
In chapter 5
p. 67 resentment toward God
p. 69 Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur--"void opening"
p. 71 another selection
p. 77 the forgotten Kaddish for Akiba Drumer, who had lost his faith
p. 79 foot surgery w/o anesthesia
p. 81 Hitler's promises to Jews
p. 82 situational irony of liberation
p. 84 "Let them know men lived here and not pigs"--verbal irony
Loss of faith, last days in Buna
Death March
p. 85 "Faster, you filthy dogs!"
p. 86- example of anaphora
p. 87-father/son relationship
p. 89-general indifference to suffering;
dying and no attention given
p. 90-1--Rabbi Eliahu and his son
p. 94--the death of Juliek and the violin; indifference
of others
p. 96--"The SS men were greatly amused by the spectacle"--indifference to suffering
Like Animals
p. 99--"Throw out all the dead" . . ."like a sack of flour"--no respect
p. 100-"charity" of some Germans (situational/verbal irony)
pp. 101-2--"Beasts of prey unleashed, animal hate in their eyes" --bestial nature, animalistic
"I was sixteen."
p. 106-7--ambivalence towards Shlomo, his father
pp.110-1--"...every man for himself" and Elie's moral debate about what is better to do--save self or help father too?
p.112--reaction to death of his father
p. 115--what all men want upon liberation;
"The look in his eyes as he gazed at
me has never left me."
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