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Introduction to Night by Elie Wiesel

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Introduction to
Night
by Elie Wiesel

Rhetoric ~ Miss Grice
About
Night
& Elie Wiesel
This novel is a memoir written by Elie Wiesel's experience with his father during the Holocaust.
Elie Wiesel includes experiences with Nazi Germany and his encounters in the concentration camps he was in: Auschwitz and Buchenwald.
Elie Wiesel was born in Romania in 1928.
He moved to Hungary in 1940.
He grew up and was raised by a traditional Jewish family.
Main Characters:
Eliezer- The name that Elie uses to replace his own as the narrator
Shlomo- Eliezer's (Elies's) father
Moshe the Beadle- Eliezer's teacher
Traditional Jewish families would have teachers or rabbis spend a lot of time with young boys as they matured into their teenage years
Themes:
Struggle to Maintain Faith
The Dangers and Different Meanings of Silence
Loss of Humanity
The Strength of Family Relationships
Importance of Acceptance
Night v. Day
"Some of the people disapproved, but their disapproval was only silence..."

-Kurt Messerschmidt
1- Get into small groups of 3-4
2- In your notes, write "Small Group Discussion on Quotes from the Holocaust"

-You will have 4-5 minutes for each quote. For each of these, you are to answer the questions provided. Everyone needs to have their own answers in their notes. You may use each other to help answer the questions.

-At the end, your group will choose 1 to discuss. Only 2 groups may discuss the same quote.
#1
#2

"It was the beginning of the end..."

-Ellis Lewin
a- What is the problem with expressing your disagreement/disapproval with silence?

b- How can silence start a war?
c- Why would Jews during the Holocaust feel as though it was the "beginning of the end" ?

d- How is this quote true, false, or a mix of both?
#3

"I felt the burden, the bitter taste of slavery..."

-Itka Zygmuntowicz
e- Based off of what you already know about the Holocaust, what do you think would've been the first form of the Jews' "taste of slavery"?
#4

"Resistance does not have to be with a gun and a bullet..."

-Roman Kent
f- In your own words, explain what you interpret this quote to mean.

g- True or False. The Jewish people fought back.

#5

"We are free, but how will we live our lives without our families?"

-Anton Mason
h- How was the Holocaust not over even when it was over?
#6

"How can they [Holocaust deniers] still continue to poison so many minds with their vicious propoganda?"

-Brigitte Altman
i- Have you ever heard of people saying that the Holocaust never happened? How do you feel about this theory/conspiracy?
#7

"Great crimes start with little things..."

-Jan Karski
j- Later on, I'll teach you about the Hitler Youth. In sum, it was an organization that captured children and raised them as Nazis (if they weren't Jewish). Why do you think Hitler targeted children? What's the purpose of this?

k- How can children ("little things") be the start of "great crimes"?
Natural Catastrophe
- Humans cannot prevent these; No one has control but nature/weather


Human Catastrophe
- Direct result of actions taken by humans
The Holocaust: A Human Catastrophe
1933-1945
Deaths of The Holocaust - Around 14 million people

-6 million Jews (2 out of every 3 living in Europe)
-hundreds of thousands of Sinti-Roma
-250,000 people mentally/physically disabled
-3 million Soviet prisoners
-2 million Poles
-1 million Slavs (targeted for slave labor)
-thousands of homosexuals, Communists, Socialists, trades unionists, and Jehovah's Witnesses
...14 million people
2 Minute Write-

Why do you think we study The Holocaust? Secondly, why do you think I would choose to study The Holocaust with you in
Rhetoric
?
Genocide
1- Where have you heard this before?

2- How do you define this?

3- What examples of genocides can you give?
For an event to be referred to as a "genocide," there needs to be 3 aspects:
1- An instigator
2- A targeted group
3- An intent/reason to target this group
After the Holocaust, in 1948, the United Nations defined genocide as any of the following acts (listed below) committed with intent to destroy a national, ethnic, racial, or religious group including:
killing members of the group
causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group
deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part
imposing measures intended to prevent births within the group
forcibly transferring children of the group to another group
Make a list of what you already know about the Holocaust. For each bullet point, write the source that it came from that gave you this information.

Example:
Info known: Anne Frank and her Holocaust experience
Source:
The Diary of Anne Frank
(novel)
Primary Sources Secondary Sources
A document or physical object written or created during the time.
Primary sources were present during an experience or time period
Primary sources offer an inside view of a particular event.
This interprets and analyzes primary sources.
Secondary sources are one or more steps removed from the event.
Secondary sources may have pictures, quotes or graphics of primary sources in them.
1. Diaries
2. Clothing
3. Movies
4. Speeches
5. Letters
6. Encyclopedias
7. Interviews
8. News film footage
9. Autobiographies
10. Documentaries
11. Official Records
12. Poetry
13. Novels
14. Pottery
15. Textbooks
16. Furniture
17. Music
Primary or Secondary?
(Write P or S for each)
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