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Kiki She

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Transcript of Night

Father-Son Relationship
"They passed me by, one after the other, my teachers, my friends, the others, some of whom lives I had shared for years. There they went, defeated, their bundles, their lives in tow, having left behind their homes, their childhood. They passed me by, like beaten dogs, with never a glance in my direction. They must have envied me." Pg 17
"My father's presence was the only thing that stopped me, out of breath, out of strength, desperate. I had no right to let myself die. What would he do without me? I was his sole support." Pg 86
" There was whispering from one bunk to the other; with a little luck, the Russians would be here before the evacuation. Hope was still alive." Pg 83
"I was putting one foot in front of the other, like a machine...I couldn't help thinking that there were two of us: my body and I. And I hated that body. Pg 85
"My hand tightened its grip on my father. All I could think of was not to lose him. Not to remain alone." Pg 30
"Oh God, Master of the Universe, give me the strength never to do what Rabbi Eliahu's son has done." Pg 91
"The three
'veteran' prisoners, needles in hand, tattooed numbers on our left arms. I became A-7713. From then on, I had not other name." Pg 42
* Tragedy is a great equalizer
* Dislocation
* People are being treated like animals
* Jews being dehumanized by Germans
* Cannon Shots = Russians are getting closer
* Liberation
* New twist of hope
* Lack of hope -> Can see the end
* Presence of God appears
* Don't have the ability to control
* Mechanical (Machine-like)
* Separation of body and mind
* Like a machine that is not controllable.
* The Jews were numbered so that the SS officers didn't have to feel sympathy towards the Jews
* Jews = Data/just a number
* Data = No human value
* To the Germans, Jews are simply products and machines that works and doesn't have a soul.
* Elie realized that Rabbi's son separated and got rid of his dad on purpose to free himself from the burden.
* Prays to God to help him be strong enough to not do the same thing to his own dad.
* Eile wanted to give up on his life but the thought of his father kept him going.
* They both live for each other. If one dies, the other would too.
Struggle to Maintain
Belief in God

* Just before the selection in Birkenau.
* hoping they won't be separated.
* They rely on each other to survive later on.
*Would have given up on their lives easily if separated
"People thought this was a good thing. We would no longer have to look at all hostile faces, endure those hate-filled stares. No more fear. No more anguish. We would live among Jews, among brothers..." Pg 12
* Jews are encircled by barbed wires
* They do not fear for they are among themselves
* Situation was bad
* Optimism within them kept themselves hoping for the best
* The optimism was false hope.

"And in spite of myself, a prayer formed inside me, a prayer to this God whom I no longer believed. "Oh God, Master of the Universe, give me strength never to do what Rabbi Eliahu's son has done." Pg 91
"Why did I pray? Strange question. Why did I live? Why did I breathe?" Pg 4
*Just realized that Rabbi's son separated with his dad on purpose
*Shocked by the realization
*Agitated, Eile prayed to the God that he didn't believe in anymore
*Eile hated God for letting Jews suffer
*But deep down inside his heart, he knew that God was still there, and is the only thing that he could always rely on.
“Where is merciful God? Where is He?” someone behind was asking...
And so he [the child in the noose] remained for more than half an hour, lingering between life and death, writhing before our eyes. And we were forced to looked at him at close range. He was still alive when I passed him. His tongue was still red, his eyes not yet extinguished.
Behind me, I heard the same man asking:
“For God's sake, where is God?”
And from within me, I heard a voice answer:
“Where He is? This is where-- hanging here on this gallows. . . .” Pg 65
"For the first time, I felt anger rising within me. 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?" Pg 33
* First meeting with Moishe the Beadle.
* Moishe the Beadle asked Elie these questions
* Didn’t know how to respond
* Praying was like living and breathing to him, and he never thought much about it.
* Begins to wonder
* Thinks deeply about his religion
* Tries to make connection with God
* Child was still alive even though the noose was placed around his neck
* Child symbolizes Hope
* Jews thought the child as God
* Child didn't die under the SS = God exists
* Twist in the theme of hopelessness

* Waiting to be selected at the first concentration camp
* Saw people being thrown in flames
* Horrified by the cruelty of the world
* People praying to God, and sanctifying God’s name
* Lost belief in God after seeing the horrifying scene
* Thinks that the Jews should not praise God when He is doing nothing to help them

Wiesel, Elie. Night. Trans. Marion Wiesel. New York: Hill and Wang, 1960. Print.
Christine Lin, Lily Choi,
Kiki She, Angelica Choi
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