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Night

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Transcript of Night


"No one was praying for the night to pass quickly. The stars were but sparks of the immense conflagration to be extinguished one day nothing would be left in the sky but extinct stars and unseeing eyes" (Wiesel, 21).
In Hopes For Our Savior
Rations of Survival
“‘In this place, there is no such thing as father, brother, friend. Each of us lives and dies alone. Let me give you good advice: stop giving your ration of bread and soup to your old father. You cannot help him anymore. And you are hurting yourself. In fact, you should be getting his rations…’ I listened to him without interrupting. He was right, I thought deep down, not daring to admit it to myself. Too late to save your old father…You could have two rations of bread, two rations of soup…” (Wiesel, 111)
Israel Arbeiter
Where is God?
"For God's sake where is God? And from within me, I heard a voice answer, where is he? This is where, hanging here from these gallows, the soup tasted of corpses that night"(Wiesel, 65)
Hodman Abshir, Stephanie Munera, Vedad Catovic, Aahira Worrell, Kharina Francois
"Here, take this knife,' he said. 'I won't need it anymore. You may find it useful. Also take this spoon. Don't sell it.
Q
uickly! Go ahead, take what I'm giving you!' My inheritance..." (Wiesel, 75)
"Pressed tightly against one another in an effort to resist the cold, our heads empty and heavy our brains a whirlwind of decaying memories our minds numb with indifference here or else where, what did it matter? Die today or die tomorrow. Or later? The night was growing longer. Never ending."(Wiesel, 98)
“In one terrifying moment of lucidity, I thought of us as damned souls wandering through void, souls condemned to wander through space until the end of time, seeking redemption, seeking oblivion, without any hope of finding either.” (Wiesel, 36)
"Our terror could no longer be contained. Our nerves had reached a breaking point. Our very skin was aching. It felt as though madness had infected all of us." (Wiesel, 25-26)
"Death enveloped me, it suffocated me. It stuck to me like glue. I felt I could touch it. The idea of dying, of ceasing to be, began to fascinate me. To no longer exist. To no longer feel anything, neither fatigue nor cold, nothing." (Wiesel, 86)
"From the depths of the mirror, a corpse was contemplating me. The look in his eyes as he gazed at me has never left me" (Wiesel, 115)
This template was chosen because Eliezer shared a message with the world through his memoir,
Night
. Eliezer's memoir recounts all of the atrocities that he witnessed and faced in the concentration camps. Eliezer is using his memoir to send a message to everyone that the Holocaust and anything similar to it should never happen again. His life in those years of the Holocaust are in the pages of his book. The papers are flying out of the book so that the people can catch those papers. Once they do, they will witness the experiences that Eliezer faced, and Eliezer's message will spread throughout the world.
"The darkness enveloped us. All I could hear was the violin, and it was as if Juliek's soul had become his bow. He was playing his life. His whole being was gliding over the strings. His unfulfilled hopes. His charred past, his extinguished future. He played that which he would never play again." (Wiesel, 95)
Invaluable Valuables
Inhumane Souls
Surviving as a Corpse
Music
Template
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Eliezer was no longer afraid to die, he accepted the notion of dying and desired for death to take him. Eliezer could no longer bare the thought of living and yearned for an escape. However, there was no escape from the hell known as the concentration camps, the only way to leave was to die. Death was an escape from the camps and the inhumane and tortuous tasks of the Nazis. Death meant that he no longer had to endure sufferings or hardships. Death protected Eliezer from the anguish and grief that life in the concentration camps brought him. Death provided Eliezer with freedom, freedom from pain, and fear. Death brought him to safety, safety that life could no longer provide him.
Juliek's last performance was Beethoven's concerto, a piece that he was told to never play by the Nazis because Beethoven was a German. However, Juliek loved Beethoven and put his life into his performance as a final act of rebelling against the Nazis. Juliek kept fighting the Nazis until his final breathe by playing Beethoven's concerto, which is why it is the background music to this prezi.
After the Nazis confined the Eliezer and his fellow Jewish neighbors in a small cart for several days, without the basic necessities of life, they slowly lose their sense of humanity and begin behaving as animals. Eliezer witnessed his fellow neighbors violently beat Ms. Schachter after she started screaming about fire, however, under normal circumstances this would never have happened. Eliezer knew that if Ms. Schachter was not silenced immediately then her madness would infect them all. Eliezer accepted the inhumane treatment towards poor old women, and did nothing to help prevent the chaos. Eliezer felt that he could do nothing, that he was powerless to stop the chaos around him. Eliezer realized that in order to survive the hell that the Nazis will put him through, that he must lose his morality and become an animal.
Before Eliezer entered a concentration camp, night was just a concept of darkness and a period where you slept. Upon beginning his life as a prisoner in a concentration camp, night became this idea of the fear of the unknown to Eliezer, night began to change the way Eliezer thought about life in general. Eliezer no longer cared about the fact that he could die any day like he used to, because night provides the fear for him.
When Eliezer’s father became really ill, he did whatever he could in order for his father to always get as much food as he possibly could get, even though it meant he had to give up most of his food. Eliezer did not realize this on his own, but he was making himself more vulnerable to death by giving up most of his ration of food. Because of the situation he was in, Eliezer needed all of the food he was given, regardless of his father’s condition. While his father was on the verge of death, he himself was still strong enough to continue working in the detention camps. He was told this, and that’s when Eliezer began to question who really needed food the most- either his father, who was near death, or himself, a very stable individual.
Taking notice of how everyone in the camps was acting as soon as they arrived, it was easy to notice how hopeless everyone seemed to become. In Eliezer’s eyes, he just saw people walking around aimlessly, with no intentions of getting anywhere in life. Many people that were forced into the detention camps were quick to lose faith and easily gave up. They witnessed the mistreatment many had to suffer and just accepted that as their unfortunate fate. In a way, Eliezer also accepted this to be the way the rest of his life was going to unfold.
Nothing Matters
As Eliezer's life in the holocaust continues, he begins to question and loose his faith in his religion. Eliezer has gone from a boy who worshiped god and thought highly of his religion to a boy who questions his religion daily while in the holocaust. Eliezers identity begins to change when he realizes his being in the concentration camp isn't getting any better. Eliezer's experience in the holocaust impacted him in such a way that he began to lose the only thing he entered the holocaust with, his faith. This relates to the theme of religion because it shows how ELiezer begins to loose his faith, something that at one point meant so much to him.
All that Eliezer and his father wanted to do was survive, but survival was hard. So in order to better Eliezer's survival, his father gave him a spoon and a knife. Even though these two things didn't mean much in the real world, they meant a lot to the people in the camps. The spoon and the knife were valuables to Eliezer as well as everyone else in the camp. Eliezer's father was trying to better Eliezer's survival, and by giving him these two valuable items, he was able to survive. All that mattered at this point was survival, and these valuables are what helped people survive.
The Jewish people were terrified of the ordeals the Nazis would plan for them. They were slowly losing the hope, and they could no longer see in the evil darkness that the Nazis forced them into.
The Jewish people were living in fear and this fear slowly starting to lose themselves and were walking towards the road of insanity. They were losing themselves to the madness.
Terror in the Night
This image shows a treasure chest. Even though Eliezer's father didn't give him gold and doubloons, he did give him the most valuable things a man could have in the camp. Eliezer's father gave him a spoon and knife for survival.
Death's Following Footsteps
Death is reaching out, trying to grab Eliezer. It is encircling him in it's grasps, and Eliezer is willing to succumb to death.
The Death of Daylight
Eliezer was just like every other Jewish person, he held his faith in his hands, but as he lives his life in a concentration camp he begins to question God, and begins to let go of his religion
This picture represents someone walking on a never ending road during the night. That's exactly what Eliezer sees night as: a never ending path of darkness that causes his madness, and reasoning for not caring about the fact he could die any day.
This image shows individuals in a detention camp in the 1940s, walking around while they were being told what to do and when to do it. These individuals had to follow rules, endure hard labor, and were physically abused until they were either on the verge of death or the verge of insanity.
This shows an image of a child in the concentration camps, eating his serving of soup. When it came to survival in the camps, people needed all of the food they were given in order to survive.
Israel Arbeiter was around the same age as Eliezer, fourteen, when the German army came to his home town. Both he and Eliezer were persecuted by the Germans all because they were Jewish. In addition, Israel and Eliezer both were sent into concentration camps and faced the grueling selection test. Towards the end of World War II when the Russians were close to defeating the Nazis, Israel and Eliezer were both sent to the most notorious death camp, Auschwitz. The events of the holocaust still live with both of these men, and both of them will never forget the atrocities they faced in the Holocaust.
Many of the Jews had not been looking forward to the night, fearing what might be in store for them in the darkness. The Jewish people and Eliezer did not wish for the night to pass quickly because they feared what awaited them in the morning. Eliezer and all of the Jewish people did not know what cruel tortures awaited them in the camps. The fire and passion that used to help bring hope, was beginning to fade, and they could no longer see in the darkness that was cast over their eyes.
After surviving in the concentration camps, Eliezer was finally able to look at himself in the mirror, and he didn't like what he saw. Eliezer saw a corpse staring right back at him. This corpse wasn't only what Eliezer looked like on the outside, but on the inside as well. The corpse staring back at Eliezer was his memory of what had happened to him and his people during WWII. This memory will forever stick with Eliezer, and he will always be reminded of the bad things that happened to those around him while in the concentration camps. This corpse represented his memory of his father and all of the lives lost to the Nazis.
This image, from the popular movie,
Poltergeist
, shows the father looking in the mirror and seeing a corpse staring back at him. And this is what Eliezer saw. After the agonizing time he spent with his father in the camps, he looked into the mirror to find a corpse staring back at him.
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