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Night by Elie Wiesel

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Transcript of Night by Elie Wiesel

Night by Elie Wiesel
Biography
Was born in 1928 in Sighet, Transylvania, which is now part of Romania
His family were deported to Aushcwitz
His father died shortly before the camp was liberated in April 1945
Historical Context
Character List
Eliezer
Chlomo
Moshe the Beadle
Akiba Drumer
Madame Schachter
Juliek
Tibi and Yosi
Dr. Mengel
Idek
Franek
Rabbi Eliahou
Zalman
Meir Katz
Stein
Hilda
Bea
Tzipora
Themes
Struggle to maintain faith
Inhumanity toward other humans
Father and son relationship
Movies Related to the Holocaust
Night
by Elie Wisel
"Never shall i forget that night, the first night in camp, which has turned my life into one long night. Never shall I forget the little faces of the children, whose bodies I saw turned into wreaths of smoke... Never shall I forget those flames which consumed my faith forever. Never shall I forget those moments which murdered my God and my soul and turned my dreams to dust. Never shall I forget these things, even if I am condemned to live as long as God himself. Never." (Wiesel, 1985)
"Why, but why should I bless Him? In every fiber I rebelled. Because He had had thousands of children burned in His pits? Because He kept six crematories working night and day, on Sundays and feast days? Because in His great might He had created Auschwitz, Birkenau, Buna, and so many factories of death? How could I say to Him: Blessed art Thou, Eternal, Master of the Universe, Who chose us from among the races to be tortured day and night, to see our fathers, our mothers, our brothers, end in the crematory?
Oskar Schindler, a German businessman who saved the lives of more than a thousand Polish Jewish refugees during the Holocaust by employing them in his factories.
Guido Orefice who must employ his fertile imagination to help his son survive their internment in a Nazi concentration camp.
'The Boy In The Striped Pajamas' is a fictional story that offers a unique perspective on how prejudice, hatred and violence affect innocent people, particularly children, during wartime.

Through the lens of an eight-year-old boy largely shielded from the reality of World War II, we witness a forbidden friendship that forms between Bruno, the son of Nazi commandant, and Schmuel, a Jewish boy held captive in a concentration camp. Though the two are separated physically by a barbed wire fence, their lives become inescapably intertwined.
Holocaust interview with Oprah Winfrey
in Auschwitz Concentration Camp
1941
1944
1945
1939
1933
Auschwitz
The Holocaust in action
Nazis arrest Jewish leaders and close synagogues in Sighet

Nazis confiscate valuables and force Sighet Jews to wear the yellow Star of David and ban them from restaurants, cafes and public transportation.

All Jews are forced from their homes and told to line up in the streets at 8 am at 1 pm, the first group departs by train.

Elie and Chlomo reaches Birkenau and spend their first night in camp
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End of the War
Germany surrenders to the Allies

Wiesel is freed
Hitler Rises
Adolf Hitler becomes Chancellor of Germany
The Nazi Party takes control of Germany's Governmet
The Nightmare Begins
Hitler announces he will destroy the Jews
World War II begins
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Education & Books
Wiesel studied in Paris and became a journalist
He write about his experiences in the death camps
Night (1958) was his first novel
Wisel is the author of more than sixty books of fiction and non- fiction
Presidential positions
1978 Chairman of the presidents commision on the Holocaust
He is President of the Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity
Wiesel has received more than 100 honorary degrees from institutions of higher learning.
Awards
Presidential Medal of Freedom
The U.S. Congressional Gold Medal
The National Humanities Medal
Medal of Liberty
Grand- Croix in the French Legion of Honor
1986 Nobel Prize of Peace
“Listen to me, kid. Don't forget that you are in a concentration camp. In this place, it is every many for himself, and you cannot think of others. Not even you father. 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...”

"The idea of dying, of no longer being, began to fascinate me. Not to exist any longer. Not to feel the horrible pains in my foot. Not feel anything.. My father's presence was the only thing that stopped me.. He was running at my side, out of breath, at the end of his strength, at this wit's end. I had no right to let myself die. What would he do without me? I was his only support."
Crematories open at Auschwitz
The Warsaw ghetto rebels against the Nazis
"The yellow star? Oh well what of it? You don't die of it.."
Who says this?
a) Eliezer
b) Chlomo
c) Moche the Beadle
d) Elie's Mother
Where does Eliezer father dies?
a) Gleiwitz
b) Buchenwald
c) Birkenau
d) Buna
"I've got more faith in Hitler than in anyone else. He's the only one who's kept his promises, all his promises, to the Jewish people." Who says it?
a) Idek
b) Chlomo
c) Eliezer
d) Eliezer's neighbor in the hospital
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