NIGHT 
BY: ELIE WIESEL

This story is about a boy who was alive during the holocaust and the decisions he has to make to either stay alive or die.

They are in their dads store when they hear the doors burst open. It was the German Army. They came to tell them that they had to pack it up because they were going to destroy the town.

Night is narrated by Eliezer, a Jewish teenager who, when the memoir begins, lives in his hometown of Sighet, in Hungarian Transylvania. Eliezer studies the Torah and the Cabbala (a doctrine of Jewish mysticism). His instruction is cut short, however, when his teacher, Moshe the Beadle, is deported. In a few months, Moshe returns, telling a horrifying tale: the German police took charge of his train, led everyone into the woods, and systematically butchered them. Nobody believes Moshe, who is taken for a lunatic

PLOT OVERVIEW

Eliezer -  The narrator of Night and the stand-in for the memoir’s author, Elie Wiesel. 

Shlomo -  Eliezer’s father is named only once, at the end of Night.

Moshe the Beadle -  Eliezer’s teacher of Jewish mysticism, Moshe is a poor Jew who lives in Sighet.

Akiba Drumer  -  A Jewish Holocaust victim who gradually loses his faith in God as a result of his experiences in the concentration camp.

 

Madame Schächter  -  A Jewish woman from Sighet who is deported in the same cattle car as Eliezer.

Juliek -  A young musician whom Eliezer meets in Auschwitz.

 

Tibi and Yosi -  Two brothers with whom Eliezer becomes friendly in Buna.

Dr. Josef Mengele -  When he arrives at Auschwitz, Eliezer encounters the historically infamous Dr. Mengele.

 

dek -  Eliezer’s Kapo (a prisoner conscripted by the Nazis to police other prisoners) at the electrical equipment warehouse in Buna. 

Franek -  Eliezer’s foreman at Buna. Franek notices Eliezer’s gold tooth and gets a dentist in the camp to pry it out with a rusty spoon.

Rabbi Eliahou -  A devout Jewish prisoner whose son abandons him in one of many instances in Night of a son behaving cruelly toward his father.

Zalman -  One of Eliezer’s fellow prisoners.

Meir Katz -  Eliezer’s father’s friend from Buna. 

Stein -  Eliezer’s relative from Antwerp, Belgium, whom he and his father encounter in Auschwitz.

Hilda -  Eliezer’s oldest sister.
Béa -  Eliezer’s middle sister.
Tzipora -  Eliezer’s youngest sister.

 

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REVIEW

I think the book was amazing. Usually when I read books they leave my mind right away. This one stuck with me. The book was a five star in my mind. The way he gives detail and the way that he remembers all of that terrible things is amazing.