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Summary Of Night By Elie Wiesel

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Night begins with the narrator, Elie, talking about Moishe the Beadle, who is described as the “jack-of-all-trades” in a shtibl (Weisel, 21). He then continues by talking about his family. He goes back to talk about his deep conversations with Moishe and their evenings spent together. One day, the foreign Jews of Sighet, where he lives, were expelled. This included Moishe. They were taken away in cattle cars by the Hungarian police. Months past and one day, Elie saw Moishe sitting on a bench near the synagogue. He tells Elie about what happened to him; how he and the other Jews were transported and forced to dig their own graves in the forest. Luckily, Moishe had managed to escape. He had come back to warn the Jews in Sighet of what to come.…show more content…
Less than 3 days later, German troops had come into Sighet and for 3 days, Jews were not allowed to leave their house. A few days later, they were told that Jews had to wear a yellow star. Then, the ghettos were created. I how fast everything happened very interesting. In a matter of a week, German troops came in and turned a city into 2 ghettos. Months after that, Elie’s father attended a meeting, where he was told that transports were coming. He told the people of the ghetto to pack a bag and prepare food. In the morning, the Jews were called outside and at 1:00, they left for their journey. Elie’s family was not leaving for 2 days. When that day came, they were told that they were only moving ghettos, not leaving town. The ghetto his family was forced to walk to was deserted. Following that, they walked to the station, where they were crammed into cattle cars with some bread and water. They traveled for over 3 days. One women had started to lose it; she hallucinated that there were fires and screamed. They arrived at Auschwitz and smelled the burning…show more content…
He was told he was 18 and his father was 40 (Weisel, 48). I thought that it would be better to be younger and older because they would do less work. Then again, doing lots of work probably made you more valuable and therefore, less likely to be killed. They were separated into 2 groups but Elie and his father were together. Someone told them they were headed for the crematorium. He told his father that if they were going to die, he wouldn’t want to wait and that he’d rather just run into the electric fence (Weisel, 51) I can’t even begin to imagine what it’s like to be walking to what, to your knowledge, was death. Many Jews were reciting the Kaddish, the Jewish prayer for the dead. As they neared the crematorium, they turned left and were headed to the barracks. Just reading that, I could feel a big relief. But imagine actually being there. In the barrack, they were told to strip. After that, their heads were shaved. Following that, they were free to wander the crowd. The next day, the men were ordered to run to a new barrack. By the door, their was a barrel filling with a disinfectant that they all had to soak in. It is kind of unclear to me why they have to disinfect. If they are living with their own waste with little cleanliness, why does it matter if they are disinfected in the first place? This was followed by a hot shower and more running to another barrack. Everybody was thrown
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