Analysis Of The Book ' Night ' By Elie Wiesel

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Elie Wiesel was born in 1928. In his book, Night, which was published in 1955, Wiesel depicts his personal journey through the German concentration camps by the use of his character Eliezer (Sparknotes). At the age of 15, he lives with his family in Sighet, Transylvania (Biography). His father Shlomo is very involved with the community there. Eliezer is deeply engaged in religious studies, being taught by Moshe, an older man in his community who is considered a lunatic by many (Sparknotes). In 1941, Moshe is deported from Sighet. He later returns to tell of a great tragedy. His train had been overtaken by Gestapo, and all but him where brutally executed. Because of Moshe’s nature, none of the Jews of Sighet believe the horror stories that he tells. Believing they are safe, the Jews live in denial for a number of years, but eventually the Holocaust makes its way to Sighet (Sparknotes). In 1945, the whole Jewish population of Sighet is deported to Auschwitz-Birkenau. This is one of the biggest and worst of the German concentration camps. It is here were Eliezer’s mother and sisters are killed in the gas chambers. He and his father are selected for the labor force (eNotes). The work is very tough and Eliezer has to work very hard to take care of himself as well as his aging father. As he witnesses the ongoing horrors of the camp he finds his heart turning cold. His faith in God is lost after he witnesses the hanging of a young child which has connection to some prisoners
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