Night, By Elie Wiesel

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Night by Elie Wiesel The aim of this book review is to analyze Night, the autobiographical account of Elie Wiesel’s horrifying experiences in the German concentration camps. Wiesel recounted a traumatic time in his life with the goal of never allowing people to forget the tragedy others had to suffer through. A key theme introduced in Night is that these devastating experiences shifted the victim 's view of life. By providing a summary, critique, and the credentials of the author Elie Wiesel, this overview of Night will reveal that the heartbreaking events of the Holocaust transformed the victims outlook, causing them to have a lack of empathy and faith. Wiesel began by describing his life as a child in the town of Sighet, Transylvania. He was devoutly religious, and, after dark, would receive lessons about the Kabbalah’s revelations and mysteries from the poorest citizen of Sighet, Moishe the Beadle. Soon, Moishe was taken away from his home town when all foreign Jews were expelled from Sighet by the Hungarian police. Wiesel, along with all of the other people remaining, thought nothing of this. After many months, Moishe the Beatle returned. He had miraculously escaped the Galician Forest and came back a changed man. “The joy in his eyes was gone. He no longer sang. He no longer mentioned either God or Kabbalah. He spoke only of what he had seen.” (Wiesel, 7). Moshie was only one of the many men in Night to be transformed by the horrors of the Holocaust; eventually, even

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