The Book Night By Elie Wiesel

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The autobiography Night, begins by describing the main character, Elie Wiesel’s, life before The Holocaust. Wiesel is also the author of this account of a true story. The novel begins in 1941 and is set in the Transylvanian town of Sighet. Wiesel’s family consists of his parents, who’s names are not mentioned in the book, and his three sisters, Hilda, Béa, and Tzipora. They are a strict Orthodox Jewish family and have always followed the traditions and laws associated with being Jewish. His father is held in high regards with Sighet’s Jewish Community. Elie’s family believes strongly in the Talmud, or the Jewish oral law, but, Elie also studies the Cabbala, or Jewish mystical texts, which if not in secrecy, his father would never approve of. Through this learning, he finds, what he calls, his master. He believes Moché the Beadle, “the poor barefoot of Sighet”, as Wiesel refers to him as. Soon after their secret lessons begin, Moché, along with all other foreign Jews in Sighet, are deported. The town seems initially upset in the deportation, but soon everything returns to normal. One day, a few months following Moché’s expulsion, he returns to tell all the people of his personal experience. He describes the concentration camps and horrors he went through before escaping. None of the town’s members believe him and say that all he wants is pity. A couple of years pass and Elie and his family believe things are finally starting to turn around and that the war may be ending…
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