Night : A Personal Account Of The Holocaust And The Brutal Reality Of Concentration Camps

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KayLee A. Skipper Dr. Provost History 4336 6 October 2016 Night is a personal account of the Holocaust and the brutal reality of concentration camps in Poland. The short narrative is written by Elie Wiesel, an orthodox Jew, that was taken from his home in Sighet, a small town in Transylvania and forced to experience life within the walls of one of the deadliest concentration camps of the Holocaust. It was not until 1944 that Hungary, where Wiesel and his family resided, was affected by the catastrophe that was annihilating all of the other Jewish communities across Europe. In May of this year, Wiesel along with his family and almost all of the inhabitants of the Sighet shtetl were deported to Poland and placed in Auschwitz. At this time, Wiesel was the young age of 15 years old. Wiesel’s father, mother, and little sister all died in the Holocaust. Wiesel survived and emigrated to France. He then later published his story in several different languages. Wiesel terms Night a “deposition" rather than a memoir, novel, or any other type of literary work. Night does not seem to be a record of facts nor is it an impartial document. Instead, it should be viewed and read as an attempt to re-create the thoughts and experiences that Wiesel endured as a young, teenage concentration camp prisoner. Anti-semitic legislation was not a foreign concept common in Hungary, but the Holocaust itself did not reach Hungary until 1944. In the spring of 1944, the German army occupied

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