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Wiesel's Night & The Holocaust

An Introduction to Elie Wiesel's Night with Background Info to Author, Setting and Vocabulary

Scott Kondraschow

on 18 October 2012

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Transcript of Wiesel's Night & The Holocaust

By: Elie Wiesel Introduction to
Night Terminology
Author: Elie Wiesel
Setting/Context: Holocaust
Introductory Statements to Ponder Today's Goals & Topics Terms to Know Born 9/30/1928 in Sighet, Romania
Deported to Auschwitz in 1944
Liberated from concentration camp in 1945
Decides to write about Holocaust in 1954
Night is published in 1958
Awarded Nobel Peace Prize in 1986 Author: Elie Wiesel The Holocaust Social/Historical
Context: For the remainder of the class
period, you will read over the following statements and state whether you agree or disagree. You may be asked to justify your answers, so I would suggest jotting down notes alongside your answer in preparation for tomorrow's discussion. Be sure that you have provided an answer for each statement. Independent Activity: Revenge is a justifiable emotions.
All is fair in love and war.
Misery loves company.
Survival should always be the primary goal.
Lying is justifiable when it's for the right reason
Some people are better than others.
Never give up.
Courage can come when we least expect it.
Love can change a person for the better.
Forgiveness is the only way to happiness.

*Fill out your worksheet to the best of your ability, this will be your best friend for our class discussion. Your Statements to Ponder Coming-of-Age Novels are novels in which the story focuses on the psychological and moral growth of the protagonist from youth to adulthood.

Work with your seat partner to develop a list of books or movies that fit this genre. Coming-Of-Age Novel: began in 1933 when Hitler came into power
term comes from Greek word "holokauston" meaning "sacrifice by fire," refers to the Nazi's persecution and planned slaughter of the Jewish people. Novel Setting: Time/Place 1941 - 1945, during World War II

Story follows from Sighet, Transylvania (now part of Romania; during Wiesel’s childhood, through several concentration camps in Europe:
Auschwitz/Birkenau camp in Poland
Buna (a camp that was part of the Auschwitz complex)
Gleiwitz (also in Poland but annexed by Germany)
Buchenwald (Germany). - Jot down notes of things that you find particularly interesting or feel will play a key role as we begin this novel. A Video Introduction to the Holocaust
and Elie Wiesel's Night http://philebersole.files.wordpress.com/2012/04/adolf-hitler.jpg http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_Cx5YSp-ghS8/TCyFPlg89sI/AAAAAAAAF_M/I1Nl4kldDoA/s1600/Auschwitz-map-Europe.bmp http://photo.goodreads.com/authors/1255518412p5/1049.jpg http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m6gk97IlsM1qbps4ao1_400.jpg
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