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Night by Elie Wiesel
Transcript of Night by Elie Wiesel
They saw huge flames and a man told Elie and his father that that is their grave. That they will be turned into ashes. " We can't let them kill us like that, like cattle in the slaughterhouse. We must revolt." (page 31) But that wind of revolt didn't last long. Not very far from where Elie and his father stood they saw the huge flames, something was burning. Babies were burning. They saw a truck load of children/babies getting burned. Soon, Elie thought that there could be another larger pit for adults.
Elie and his father were both terribly beaten pretty often, for no apparent reason. One day, Elie passed a man's (named Idek) path and he started to beat him in the chest, the head, throwing him to the ground and then picking him up again and again. Crushing him until he was fully covered in blood. He tried not to howl but the man mistaken his silence for defiance, and started hitting him even harder than before. Next, Elie's father was beaten by an iron bar, until he looked like he was broken in two. I don't feel that it's right for someone to get beaten without a specific reason. They did nothing wrong and yet they would get severely beat.
Elie strolled through the warehouse and saw the same man that beat him (Idek), having sexual intercourse with a young Polish girl. Idek saw Elie and grabbed his throat and threatened him. A half hour before the usual time to stop work the Kapo's called Elie to lie down in the crate. He got 25 lashes of the whip, right across his back. This goes with the same thing I said before about them not doing anything wrong, but still getting beat.
There was a barbered wire wall that encircled a small Jewish community. Even though they were trapped they weren't afraid. They treated it as a good thing because they wouldn't have to see those hostile faces and hate-filled stares anymore. If I were in their shoes, I would feel like a bird in a cage, no matter what you do, there is no way out.
The entire camp had to run in the freezing cold snow for more than 20km, until they reached an abandoned village. But during the run men were collapsing into the dirty snow or if someone stopped they would get shot right away. All the dead bodies would later be trampled on by the ones marching/running. The only thing that kept Elie from stopping is the thought, that if he stopped he would get shot and his father.
Every block had to watch people get hanged. The Kapo's would instruct everyone by saying "cap's off" to pay their respects, and then "cover your heads." Then block after block, they were made to look in each hanged person's eyes. One boy was too light to die right away, so he had a long painful death. For Elie, seeing little boys getting hanged really upset him.
From once in a while the men would get fed, but for most parts they were starved. If they were fed, than it would be a ration of bread, soup or coffee. That's not very much for men who worked all day long. It came to a time where Elie would dream of an extra ration of soup. I have never dreamt of having more food, because I have the privilege to go to the fridge and eat as much as I would like. I could never imagine how they felt.
Elie's father died on January 28, 1945. He was in pain from his father's death but he didn't have anymore tears left to cry. He spent his days alone, without anyone. All he wanted was food, he no longer had thoughts of his father or mother. It made me think how important family is, if I were separated from my family I would be no where. I'm very thankful for having a healthy, loving family.
By: Natalia Szczudlowski
The memoir begins in 1941. Elie Wiesel was twelve years old at that time and living in Sighet Transylvania/Romania. That year a large mass of Jews were murdered.
By 1942 a ton of Jews were arrested and imprisoned, including Elie’s teacher of Jewish mysticism Moshe the Beadle.
Then by 1944, that's when everything goes downhill from there. The Germans arrive to Sighet and they set up ghettos for the Jewish community. Next the Germans deporting Jews to the concentration camp in Auschwitz. Elie and his father got deported from Auschwitz to Buna.
In 1945, the Russian army was moving on the Nazis from the East and then Allied forces were moving West because they were afraid that prisoners at Buna would be free. The Nazis made them walk in the snow all the way to Gleiwitz. Then travel to Bunchenwald by open cattle cars. Allied troops reached Rhine River, and Russian troops freed Auschwitz. Allied forces freed Dachau and Buchenwald, including Elie. In May, Germany surrendere to the Allies and finally the war was over.
But, the people who survived will have to suffer from these stories for as long as they live.
Elie's Journey Map