Book Report on Elie Wiesel's Night
Elie tells of his hometown, Sighet, and of Moshe the Beadle. He tells of his family and his three sisters, Hilda, Béa, and the baby of the family, Tzipora. Elie is taught the cabala by Moshe the Beadle. Moshe is taken away and sees an entire train of people murdered by the Gestapo. He returns to Sighet and tries to warn them, but no one believes his story. The Nazis come and take over Sighet. Elie is moved to a ghetto, along with all the other Jews in Sighet. They soon are taken away in a train to Auschwitz.
Nobody ever felt ENCUMBERED by his presence. (Burdened)
Maimonides said it was only at thirty that one had the right to venture into the perilous world of MYSTICISM. (Religious studies)
This year was a year like any other, with its springtime, its BETROTHALS, its weddings, and birth. (Engagements)
There are ANTI-SEMITIC incidents every day, in the streets, in the trains. (Anti-Jew)
A large number of Jews are forced into a train car. The ride is very cramped and uncomfortable. A woman called Madame Shächter starts shouting about a fire that she can see every night. Her little boy clings to her and cries. Eventually the Jews tie her, gag her, and even hit her. They finally make it to Auschwitz at what seemed to be midnight, and see the flames Madame Shächter was yelling about. A tall crematory spewing flames and smoke loomed over them.
An SS noncommissioned officer came to meet us, a TRUNCHEON in his hand. (Club)
We’ve got to REVOLT. (Rebel)
We started to eat our last PROVISIONS. (Rations)
Elie and his father are separated from Elie’s mother and little sister, never to be seen again. Elie comes face to face with the Angel of Death as he is marched to the edge of a crematory, but is put in a barracks instead. Elie’s faith briefly faltered at this moment. They are forced to strip down, but to keep their belt and shoes. They run to the barber and get their hair clipped off and any body hair shaved. Many of the Jews rejoice to see the others that have made it. Others weep for the ones lost. They then get prison clothes that were ridiculously fitted. They made exchanges and went to a new barracks in the “gypsies’ camp.” They wait in the mud for a long time. They were permitted to another barracks, with a gypsy in charge of them. They are taken to Auschwitz, out of Birkenau. They are put in Block 17. They rest for the evening. They are woken up at about ten o’ clock. They are given black coffee for breakfast, and they converse. At noon, they are brought a plate of thick soup. They take a nap in the shade of the block. They are waken and given identification numbers. Elie’s is A-7713. There was a roll call that evening. Eight days pass by and Elie and his father meet Elie’s cousin-in-law. They are transferred to another camp.
The ANTECHAMBER of hell must look like this. (Entrance)
So many crazed men, so...