Night by Eliezer Wiesel

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The book Night, by Eliezer Wiesel, is about his experience as a prisoner in the concentration camps off the Holocaust during World War II. The Holocaust began in 1940 and lasted through 1945 (Kucia). It was known for, “the killing of masses of human beings in great numbers” (“Holocaust”. Learning About the Holocaust). The German dictator at the time of World War II was Adolf Hitler. He created the concentration camps to imprison individuals who believed in a Jewish religion and or Christian religion. Eliezer Wiesel was born in Sighet, Romania in 1928. As at age 15, Elie and his family were taken away from their comfortable peaceful lives and imprisoned in the concentration camps by the German Nazis. Elie witnessed the mass murders of many innocent individuals. He is a sole survivor of what is known as today the Holocaust (Wiesel). The story follows Wiesel as young boy, fighting to survive through the pain and torture within the death camps known as Birkenau (Wiesel 28), Auschwitz and later Buna and Buchenwald (Wiesel, Overholtzer). In order transport the Jews and Christians, who are now prisoners, to the death camps the Nazi’s forced them into cattle cars for hours and even days; they were given little food and water to share the amongst themselves (Wiesel 22). Once they arrived at the concentration camps, they had to go through a series of evaluations such as hair removal, disinfection, and dental work (Wiesel 35-36). Any of their personal items, especially jewelry or gold, were either left behind or confiscated right away (Wiesel 10-11). The main issues related to the book, is the horrifying events of the Holocaust and the after math of the Holocaust. Another issue related to the book is discrimination towards the J... ... middle of paper ... ...harles Scribner's Sons, 2006. 1335-1348. World History in Context. Web. 27 Mar. 2014. "Holocaust." Learning About the Holocaust: A Student's Guide. Ed. Ronald M. Smelser. Vol. 2. New York: Macmillan Reference USA, 2001. 100. Gale Virtual Reference Library. Web. 29 Mar. 2014. Kucia, Marek, Marta Duch-Dyngosz, and Mateusz Magierowski. "The collective memory of Auschwitz and World War II among Catholics in Poland: a qualitative study of three communities." History and Memory: Studies in Representation of the Past 25.2 (2013): 132+. World History in Context. Web. 27 Mar. 2014. Wiesel, Elie, and James Overholtzer. "Night." The Literature of Autobiographical Narrative. Ed. Thomas Riggs. Vol. 1: Autobiography and Memoir. Detroit: St. James Press, 2013. 318-321. Gale Virtual Reference Library. Web. 27 Mar. 2014. Wiesel, Elie. Night. New York: Hill and Wang, 2006. Print.

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