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Night by Elie Wiesel
Transcript of Night by Elie Wiesel
By Elie Wiessel
Beginning of his Journey
Passage or progress from one stage from another while changing yourself in a positive way.
In the beginning, Elie is very religious, observant, and an avid rule follower.
He wanted to begin the study of Kabballah but his father told him that he was too young and that it would be difficult to find a teacher. He took it upon himself to find a teacher-- Moishe the Beadle.
Elie found a new way of getting closer to God.
"Man comes closer to God through the questions [one] asks him"
Germans Come to Town
Elie and the people around him became aware of their surroundings while still remaining optimistic about the future.
Meeting Moishe the Beadle
Moishe the Beadle was taken away but managed to escape and returned with many stories of execution but nobody believed him.
Begin to Lose Things:
privilege to be out when they want
privacy -- yellow star
privilege to go out to restaurants
travel by rail
"German soldiers--with their steel helmets and their death's head emblem."
"People thought that this was a good thing".
The Jewish community felt that this was a good way of having their own little private community.
The Red Army arrived and everyone retreated back to their fearful state.
"The ghetto was ruled by neither German nor Jew; it was ruled by delusion."
Elie instantly became more selfless and mature.
They were leaving the ghettos and they were forced to run by the police.
"They ordered us to run. We began to run. Who would have thought that we were so strong?"
limited room to sit
The woman kept screaming and howling about a fire, it was like she was warning the Jews.
"Our nerves had reached a breaking point. Our very skin was aching. It was as though madness had infected all of us."
Auschwitz II Birkenau
After his first night in Birkenau, Elie began questioning God's existence and he became confused. Also, at that point, he began to live for his father.
Elie soon lost the ability to cry. Instead, he encouraged others not to waste their energy on crying,
He also became attached to his father.
"My head was buzzing; the same thought surfacing over and over: not to be seperated from my father"
better than Birkenau
One of the men in charge gave the prisoners words of encouragement and comforted them.
"Those were the first human words."
Elie and his father stayed at Auschwitz for 3 weeks and they did not have to work; instead, they slept.
When he arrived, Buna was nearly deserted.
His father kept getting weaker and weaker but he never gave up on him. For example, when Elie was in quarantine for his foot, he focused on living for his father more than making sure that he got better.
Here, he and his father were brutalized more than once and he soon lost his fear of dying.
In the midst of being beaten:
"I was thinking of my father. He would be suffering more than I."
On January 29th, 1945, Elie woke up to the death of his father. After, nothing mattered to him anymore except his own survival.
"I did not weep, and it pained me that I could not weep. But I was out of tears. And deep inside me, if I could have searched the recesses of my feeble coniscience, I might have found something like: Free at last!..."
He is saying that his father's death lifted a lot of responsibility and fears off of his shoulders... he is free. But the irony was that he really was not free, yet.
When his father was dying, he did not have anything to give to him but he knife that he had. His father was not encouraging him use the knife necessarily but instead, passing something on.
On April 10, Americans arrived at the gate of Buchenwald. After the liberation, none of the prisoners thouht of revenge; instead, they thought of food, clothes, and girls.
A few days after the liberation, Elie became very sick and he was ironically in a life or death situation.
"From the depths of the mirror, a corpse was contemplating me."
This quote explains how defeated Elie ws after the liberation rather than viewing himself as a strong, powerful survivor.
After the war, Elie vowed to wait 10 years to share his story to, "find the proper words, the proper pace, the proper melody or maybe even the proper silence to describe the ineffable." (" A God Who Remembers" by Elie Wiesel)
By reading this book, I got the chance view the Holocaust from a different perspective. We were able to see the Holocaust through the eyes of a survivor, Elie Wiesel.
Seem interesting? Read the whole trilogy: Night, Dawn, and Day!