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1. In this selection, Elie states, "yes, man is stronger, greater than God" (67), and also that "there was no longer any reason for [him] to fast. [He] no longer accepted God's silence" (69). Throughout this selection, what were Elie's feelings towards his religion?
a) Loss of faith
c) He still believes in God
d) All the above
2. What was the importance of Elie's dad "still [being] alive" (76) and that "he passed the second selection" (76)?
a) So Elie could give him back his knife and spoon
b) So Elie could continue to stay with him
c) There was no importance of this
d) All the above
3. "I no longer pleaded for anything. I was no longer able to
" (68). What is the definition of the word lament?
a) To ask for something
b) To feel grief or feel sorrow
c) To pray
d) All the above
Multiple Choice Quiz
"Back then, Buna was a veritable hell" (70).
Rebellion (page 69)
Faith (page 74)
Hatred (page 73)
Despair (page 72)
Truth (page 75)
Dehumanization (page 77)
"Me too... They told me too to stay in the camp."
They had recorded his number without his noticing.
"What are we going to do?" I said anxiously.
But it was he who tried to reassure me:
"It's not certain yet. There's still a chance. Today, they will do another selection ... a decisive one..."
"There followed terrible days. We received more blows than food. The work was crushing."
Open-Ended Rich Questions
Metaphors / Similes
react if you were chosen in the selection?
"When the selection came, he was doomed from the start, offering his neck to the executioner, as it were."
5 Important Events
"As I swallowed my ration of soup, I turned that act into a symbol of rebellion..."
"It gave me orders and I executed them blindly. I hated that bell."
"Those whose numbers had been noted were standing apart, abandoned by the whole world. Some were silently weeping."
On the Day of Atonement, some
of the prisoners are debating
whether they should fast or not.
Do you think it is better to
put yourself in danger in the
name of your religion and
beliefs, or to abandon them for
the sake of a better chance
Over the course of this section, Elie's faith begins to diminish. He states "I no longer accepted God's silence" (69). Do you think Elie still believes in God or Judaism at all?
Akiba Drumer, growing very weak and expecting to be executed soon, asks Elie and his other friends if they could, "in three days, ... Say Kaddish for [him]" (77) for him. How does Elie and the other men forgetting to say Kaddish for Akiba relate to the theme of this section?
What significance does the bell described on page 73 hold to Elie and the other prisoners at Auschwitz?
"You're lucky to have been brought here so late. Today, this is paradise compared to what the camp was two years ago" (70).
Why do you think conditions in Auschwitz have gotten better since the beginning of the Holocaust?
After refusing to fast with the other prisoners on Yom Kippur, The Day of Atonement, Elie feels that "deep inside [him]... a great void [was] opening" (69). What do you think he means by a void opening inside him and why do you think he felt that way?
Elie is a realist because he did not fast on the Day of Atonement. He realizes that there is no point of weakening himself for his religion, not just because his "father... had [forbid him] to do so" (69), but because he knows that he should try to maximize his chances of survival.
Elie is very caring, especially towards his father. Elie "felt sick at heart" (75) when he heard his father had gotten his number written down in the selection.
Elie is strong because when he was being operated on, the doctors "did not put [him] to sleep" (79), so he had to endure the pain of the operation on his foot.
Elie's father is afraid for his son, his own life, and of the Germans; especially when "they had recorded his number" (74) in the selection.
Mr. Wiesel cares immensely for his son because when he thought his death was near, he tried to help Elie by giving him the knife and spoon he had collected; what Elie called "[his] inheritance" (75).
During the time in the camp, Elie's father becomes very dependent on Elie for his own survival. When Elie is in the infirmary, he sends "a piece of bread" (78) to his father even though he needs it for the operation on his foot.
Jorge Rafael Videla came to power in a coup d'état on March 24, 1976
Videla was previously the General Commander of the Argentinian Army
Created military junta
Thousands of Argentinians were taken away and held in clandestine detention camps
The children born in the camps were taken away from their biological parents and illegally adopted by military families of Videla's regime
During the 1978 soccer World Cup, just blocks from the stadium, detainees of Videla's regime were being tortured
Videla retired in 1981 and handed leadership to a succession of other generals
The new dictators launched a war against Britain and lost
Defeat in that war hastened the return of democracy on December 12, 1983
Videla confirmed that between 1976 and 1983, 8000 Argentinians were killed by his regime
Jorge Rafael Videla
1976 - 1983
Similarities and Differences to the Holocaust
Both genocides caused by a power hungry leader
Both Videla and Hitler put people in concentration camps
Both tortured and killed people who had opposing views to them
Videla wanted to keep the genocide quiet
Videla killed thousands of people, while Hitler killed millions
Videla forced his way into power; Hitler was elected