The Books Night, By Elie Wiesel

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Nick Royal
Mrs. Gueringer
Honors English 10
29 August 2014 The books Night, by Elie Wiesel, and The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, by John Boyne are two intriguing books by themselves. However, when you put them together you gain an improved perspective about the Holocaust. You also get see how people were affected by it, how they reacted to it, and what their opinions were about it. These two books contain many similarities and differences, but they go so well together.
Night starts out with the normal life of teenage Elie Wiesel, a Jew in Sighet, Hungary. He studies the Torah and the Kabbalah, two Jewish texts. Then the Nazis take over Hungary and enforce their anti-Semitic laws. The laws get more and more restrictive on the Jews. Eventually all the Jews in Sighet are forced into small and cramped ghettos. Soon after they were put in the ghettos they began to be put in cattle cars and shipped off on a long journey to a location unknown by Elie and his fellow Jews. After numerous days in the cattle cars the group of Jews arrive at Birkenau, the entrance to Auschwitz. They go through a selection and the men are separated from the women and Elie’s family is split up. Then they were shaved, and cleaned, and stripped of everything they own, even their humanity in the eyes of the Nazis. Elie is left with only his father and his determination to survive.
The Jews are then marched to Auschwitz, where Elie witnesses many horrendous things happening. Elie and his father are put to

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