Elie Wiesel Essay

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Elie Wiesel

The book Night opens in the town of Signet where Elie Wiesel, the author , was born . He lived his child hood in the Signet, Transylvania . He had three sisters Hilda, Bea, and Tzipora. His father was an honored member of the Jewish community. He was a cultured man concerned about his community yet, he was not an emotional man. His parents were owners of a shop and his two oldest sisters worked for his parents. Elie was a school boy and interested in studying the
Zohar “the cabbalistic books, the secrets of Jewish mysticism”(Wiesel 3). His teacher was a foreigner, Moshe the Beadle, a “poor barefoot of Signet”(Wiesel 3).
He was Elie's teacher until he was forced to leave Signet by the Hungarians because he was a foreign Jew.
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People tried to live as normal and felt they would remain in the ghetto until the end of the war. However this would not be the case. Elie's father brought news to his family that they would be deported and the ghetto was to be destroyed. They did not know where they were going , only that they would be leaving in the morning and could only take a few personal belongings.
Fortunately for the Wiesel family their journey was postponed for a couple of days. When they heard the words “All Jews outside!”( Wiesel 16) they knew it was time to leave everything behind. The beginning of their journey was short. they stopped in another ghetto where they stayed for two days until their journey would begin once again. After another stop they were then put on cattle wagons filled with eighty people to a car. It was uncomfortable, there was barely any air, there was nothing to drink or eat, it was hot, and people had to take turns sitting down. When they arrived in the town of Kaschau they heard the words “From this moment you come under the authority of the German army”(Wiesel
21). At this point they knew they were never going home. They traveled some more and soon they would arrive at Birkenau the reception center of Auschwitz. When they arrived they could see flames and “smell burning flesh” (Wiesel 26).
People were being separated “ Men to the left! Women to the right!”(Wiesel
27). This was when Elie and his father were separated from his mother and sisters. It would

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