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Transcript of Elie Weisel
Night- Theme Tracking
The Germans and the Nazis are treating the Jews with such cruelty, that the colic slapped dad in the face.
"My father suddenly had a colic attack. He got up and asked politely, in German,"Excuse me...Could you tell me where the toilets are located?"
It shows that the guard is trying his best to show kindness to the Jews, to comfort them.
"Comrades, you are now in the concentration camp Auschwitz. Ahead of you lies a long road paved with suffering. Don't lose hope. You have already eluded the worst danger: the selection."
Cruelty, that's what most of the guards have. The guard forced Elie to lie about his age or believe something that is not real.
" Fifteen." "No. You're eighteen." "But I'm not," I said. "I'm Fifteen." "Fool. listen to what I say."
Elie is caring, or worried for others because when he sees the babies thrown into the fire, hi
heart was moved and got more aware of his life.
Not far from us, flames, huge flames, were rising from a ditch. Babies were being thrown into the fire.
"Confidence soared. Suddenly we felt free of the previous nights' terror." (p.27)
The first thought that ran through my head when I read this was pity. I pitied how foolish Elie and the others were for continuing to have such optimism. It was painful to read on about how they continued fooled themselves.
When asked for his age, Elie replied 18 like he was told to. He also said farming as his profession. (p.31)
I think that this was when Elie began to realize and wake up to reality. His response for his age and profession showed he was finally thinking ahead. He was trying to make the best of his situation. One he finally realizes is real and possibly can kill him emotionally, spiritually, physically, or all of them.
"Never shall I forget that night, the first night in camp, that turned my life into one long night seven times sealed."
Elies thoughts were starting to change, He is finally fully aware of everything; No more lies or foolish optimism. His realization that his life is no longer how he dreamed it would be helped him see what was really before him clearly. His thoughts are real.
"I stood petrified. What had happened to me? My father had just been struck in front of me, and I had not blinked. I had watched and kept silent.
"Deep down, I was saying good-bye to my father, to the whole universe, and, against my will, I found myself whispering the words: "Yisagadal, veyiskadash, shmey raba..."
This event shows that Elie was willing to die for God, to exalt His name. He was really scared to be thrown into the crematorium and he didn't realize that he was reciting Kaddish.Elie is believing that all of what he is going through is in God's plan and that he will need to die.
"I thanked God, in an improvised prayer, for having created mud in His infinite and wondrous universe."
This event shows that he thank God, if He had helped him. He thanked God for creating mud because it helped covered the real identity of the shoes. He was showing that he sometimes trust God whenever God comes into place.
"Why should I sanctify His name? The Almighty, the eternal and terrible Master of the universe, chose to be silent. What was there to thank him for?"
This event shows that if God doesn't help him to get out of a difficult situation, he would be angry with God and questions Him. He wasn't trusting God because it showed that God may have chose to be silent but will work in his life, eventually.
I think I would've reacted the same way Elie did. At first I will be so stunned I would not have had time to react. Later, when realization hits me, I will would to sink into my fury. The wisest decision however, may not be the most rewarding one at the moment. Elie made the best decision keeping quiet.
The cruelty of the Germans have made him so miserable that he does not care to live. He thinks the people treat him like animals.
"Never shall I forget the nocturnal silence that deprived me for all eternity of the desire to live. "Only yesterday, I would have dug my nails into this criminal's flesh. Had I changed that much? So fast?"
Elie also could not believe the violence and manslaughter he was witnessing. He could not grasp a sense of reality in mist of this terrible situation
" Was I still alive? Was I awake? How was it possible that men, women, and children were being buried and that the world kept silent?"
Elie was stripped of his last possessions, which were his clothes
"Our clothes were to be thrown on the flooor at the bank of the barrack."
(Jonathan Yan, Brandon Chan)
"Where is merciful God, where is He? someone asked.
"I heard a voice answer: Shere He is? This is where-hanging from the gallows..."
Elie wonders where God is in all this cruelty. How could God stand back and watch all this happen? He does not trust in God anymore and thinks that He is dead. He thinks that God does not care about his current situation.
Jonathan Yan, Brandon Chan
'We sometimes hum melodies evoking the gentle waters of the Jordan river and the majestic sanctity of Jerusalem. "
Elie still remembers his Jewish culture and does not give up on being Jewish. He still regards his homeland as his homeland.
"Two boys came to join our group: Yossi and Tibi, two brothers from Czechoslovakia whose parents had been exterminated in Birkenau. They quickly became my friends."
Elie finally found people that has the same commonality as him. He can find friends even if he was in the camp. He was able to exchange thoughts and trust them
"Abruptly, he calmed down and sent me back to work. I dragged myself to my corner. I felt a cool hand wiping the blood from my forehead. It was the French girl."
"That evening, in the latrines, the dentist from Warsaw pulled my crown. Franek became pleasant again. Two weeks later, all the Poles were transferred to another camp. I had lost my crown for nothing."
Elie had a feeling of the community around him, the Germans. On the other hand, he felt quite good with the French girl. Elie appreciated the help of the French girl. The helpful advise that the French girl told Elie, was really important.
It seemed Elie was starting to trust Franek because he was being nice to Elie by giving him extra soup. Elie was being really selfless because he was willing to have his gold crown removed for Franek. Because Franek was his friend, he didn't care about pulling the crown for him.
"He liked my shoes; I would not let him have them. Later, they were taken from me anyway. In exchange for nothing, that time." p. 48
The fact that even though Elie have little to no possession to call his own, yet people are still trying to take things from him breaks my heart. In this example, I feel like a little bit of Elie's identity is being taken away from him when one of his shoes were taken. The shoes were one of his last possessions with connections to home.
When Elie meets some new friends in work. p.50
When Elie met Yossi and Tibi, I felt happy for him because it was like watching him find a piece of himself again. By meeting the two brothers, he found friends he could safely be himself with. He found light and reasons to live in the midst of oppression and fear.
Elie meeting the French girl again after many years (the one who gave him kind words). p. 53
I was so moved and in awe when I read about how Elie met the French girl again. I was moved because it meant both of them were survivors who made it out of the hellish camp. It must have been so awesome for them to catch up and finally be able to talk freely with each other after so many years.
Elie trying to teach his father to march in place.
As I read about how Elie tried to help his father by training him to march in place, I saw a glimpse of his old self. I saw the part of him that was still his own, that was still fighting and will not give in no matter what. Even though in the end he had to give in, I admired how he tried his best to fight back before it was evident he will not win.
Rumors swept through the camp that the battlefront had suddenly drawn nearer. The Red Army was racing towards Buna, it was only a matter of hours
Elie knows what is going on and why that had to evacuate, he know that the Russia in coming to liberate them and they are very close.
"Enough! Be quiet! Tell your stories tomorrow, or some other day."
Elie does not want to know about anything about the place. he does not want to listen. He has no curiosity in things.
He was playing a fragment of a Beethoven concerto. Never before had I heard such a beautiful sound. In such silence.
Even after so many things had happened, including brainwashing, wanting to die, and almost dying, Elie still remembers the music is by Beethoven.
"Suddenly, I could not feel my leg! Had he amputated it?"
Elie knew what was going on physically. He knew he had a medical problem, but he wondered with great surprise if the doctor had cut his leg off. He was curious, so he asked the doctor about it.
(Brandon Chan and Jonathan Yan)
Chapter 2-3 (Sam Hung)
"I tightened my grip on my father's hand. The old, familiar fear not to lose him." P.104
Eliezer had faith i himself, and only himself. He believed he could and will keep him and his father alive no matter what, and he really tried. He relied on him to survive and aid his father even in rough times as best as he could, but never once did he call to God for help.
"He had become child like: weak, frightened, vulnerable." P. 105
It soon became clear this was no righteous act- Eliezer keeping his father alive. He wanted to keep his father alive even when it was quite clear his father was in very terrible pain in which no one could help him. Eliezer tried to keep his father alive for himself, because he wasn't sure how he will be able to live without his father.
"No prayers were said over his tomb. No candle lit in his memory. His last words had been my name. He had called out to me and I had not answered." P. 112
This was a really hard part for me to read. I could just feel the emptiness in Eliezer. He no longer had anyone in his life to fall to. No God to look to, no father, and he himself was probably in so much pain he didn't even know what to do. I can't even imagine what terrible it really was for Eliezer, to have no faith and no reassurance for anything anymore.
"The look in his eyes as he gased at me has never left me." P. 115
Eliezer hadn't prayed in a long time. He seems to have given up his faith entirely. Throught chapter nine, he admits he really only thinks about getting an extra ration of bread everyday. I feel like that by now, he was just a living corpse, alive but dead in the inside with no sense of direction. He is haunted by what he has become.
"I was nothing but ashes now, but I felt myself to be stronger than this Almighty to whom my life had been bound for so long. I felt like an observer, a stranger." Pg. 68
Elie was pretty weak long before he came into the camp. During his experience in the camp, he felt that he was stronger, stronger than God. He thought and felt that God didn't help him that much when he was praying.
"And then, there was no longer any reason for me to fast. I no longer accepted God's silence. As I swallowed my ration of soup, I turned that act into a symbol of rebellion, of protest against him." Pg. 69
Elie is not trusting God and he has changed greatly from a really true believer of God, and now, not accepting God. Elie was tired of God's silence and had a protest against God. His personal religion and thought has already left him, from that moment on.
"I saw my father running in my direction. Suddenly, I was afraid." Pg. 74
Elie was fortunate enough that he doesn't need to go to the crematorium. However, when his father was running towards him, he suddenly felt afraid. He was afraid because his father might die, or get into trouble. Because his father wasn't going to be with him, he suddenly felt nervous.
"What are you, my God? I thought angrily. How do you compare to this stricken mass gathered to affirm you their faith, their anger, their defiance?" p. 66
Eliezer was starting to lose sigh of humanity. All he sees are horrible and miserable people. He doesn't know how else to think- all he can ask is where and what God is in the midst of all this sadness.
"How can I say to Him: Blessed be thou Almighty, mast of the universe, who chose us among all nations to be tortured day and night, to watch as our fathers, our mothers, our brothers ended up in the furnaces? Praise be thy Holy Name for having chosen us to be slaughtered on thine altar." p. 67
The acts of cruelty that Eliezer has witnessed and went through has become too much for him to bear. So many horrible events has happened in his life. He doesn't seem to be able to trust God anymore.
"I was no longer in the same block as my father. They had transferred me to another Kommando, the construction one where twelve hours a day I hauled heavy slabs of stone." p. 70
Eliezer works, eats and sleep. This is literally his life. He has stopped praising God, the one he used to have such great faith and curiosity for. I don't know where the human side of him is anymore. He is like a robot, without his own to do what he likes and instead follows a dull and repeated schedule.
" I don't want you to say such things. Keep the spoon and knife. You will need them as much as I. We'll see each other after tonight, after work." p. 75
I can see glimpses of the real Elie here. He saying words from what he really believes. He is having hope that his father will not have to leave. For the first time in a while, I can see the hopeful boy he used to be.
"No, I yelled. He's not dead! Not yet!"
Elie cared for his father and did not want him to be thrown out of the train. He does not want to see his father dead. He tried his best to wake him up.
Dozens of starving men fought desperately over a few crumbs.
The people on the train has became so hungry that their selfishness has forget their humanity
"Father! You will kill yourself!"
Elie cared for his father and did not want to see him frozen in the cold. He thinks that he would be responsible if his father did, or did not die.
Too late to save you old father... You could have two rations of bread, two rationss of soup...
Even though it was only for an instant, Elie's survival instincts in his subconsciousness told him to take his fathers food.
Brandon Chan & Jonathan Yan
"Suddenly, the evidence overwhelmed me: there was no longer any reason to live, any reason to fight." Pg. 99
Elie knows for sure that he must fight for freedom. He must fight for his father because the Germans are really cruel. The people around them didn't care about what happened.
"When I woke up, it was daylight. That is when I remembered that I had a father...I knew he was running out of strength, close to death, and yet I had abandoned him." Pg. 106
Elie was quite confused when he wasn't with his father. He was quite afraid of where his father went and questioned whether or not he was alive. Because he was really messed up and confused, he just remembered that he had a father that was always with him in his heart.
"He went by me like a shadow, passing me without stopping, without a glance. I called to him, he did not turn around. I ran after him: "Father, where are you running?" Pg. 107
Elie was confused about his father just passing him as if they did not know each other. Elie went after his father and asked why he was running. Then, his father just ran off, after gazing at Elie for a moment.
Chapter 7-8 & 9
Our m numb with in difference, here or elsewhere, what did it matter? Die today, or tomorrow, or later? (pg. 98)
In this quote, it describes how Elie doesnt really care about what happend. He just doesnt know himself anymore. He is very confused about his identity.
"NO!" I yelled. "He's not dead! Not yet!" (pg. 99)
At this point, Elie suddenly came back to realizing that he was human. He awoke from daydreaming and wanted to protected hs father, because he knew who he was. He needed to stay alive with his dad.
Our first act as free men was to throw ourselves onto the provisions. (pg. 115)
When they finally got released from the concentration camps and torture, they finally became back Jews and were acting like their culture and free men.
I might have found something: FREE AT LAST! (pg. 112)
When Elie's father dies, Elie is sad but on the other side, he felt freedom! He didnt need to take care of his father anymore! He is relaxed and now only cares about his own survival. Now he can be who he is.
The doctor came to tell me that he would operate the next day. (pg. 78-80)
In this operation, he needs to trust and put his faith in God that the operation would be successful. In the end, he only had to cut out the sac in the foot.
Oh God, Master of the Universe, give me the strength never to do what Rabbi Eliahu's son has done. (pg. 91)
Yes, Eliezer does pray. He has already forgotten or doubted God. He doesn't think God exists anymore.
Blessed be God's name? Why, but why would i bless him? (pg. 67)
Eliezer is trying to think how God is very crazy, he thinks that God ist helpful. Because of all the tortures and pain that tey faced, why would they trust God.
They praise your name! "All of creation bears witness to the greatness of God!" (pg. 68-69)
Eliezer and others Jews are reciting the Kaddish. He is singing about how God is Almighty and he is great. Eliexer is doing his religious practices.
I watched other hangings. I never saw a single victim weep. (pg. 63)
This relates to my theme because it talks about how Elie still remembers some hangings. It shows how Elie can remember situations that are shocking.
"Caps off!" screamed the Lageralteste. His voice quivered. As for the rest of us, we were weeping. (pg. 64)
This relates because Elie knows how everyone is feeling, and he also expresses it out. In his outside, he feels strong but on the inside he his weak.
Hundreds of eyes were watching his every move. Hundreds of men were crawling with him. (pg. 59)
This relates to the theme because Elie and everyone are confused about the fact that the man was daring and willing to risk his life for some soup.
I nodded once, ten times, endlessly. It's if my head had decided to say yes for all eternity. (pg. 58)
This relates because it shows that Elie is accepting the fact that he did something wrong. He kept on nodding because he was frightened.