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ISBN13: 9780374500016
ISBN10: 0374500010
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Questions for Discussion
1. Compare Wiesels preface to the memoir itself. Has his perspective shifted in any way over the years?

2. In his Nobel lecture, presented in 1986, Wiesel writes of the power of memory, including the notion that the memory of death can serve as a shield against death. He mentions several sources of injustice that reached a boiling point in the 1980s, such as Apartheid and the suppression of Lech Walesa, as well as fears that are still with us, such as terrorism and the threat of nuclear war. Will twenty-first-century society be marked by remembrance, or by forgetting?

3. How does the author characterize himself in Night? What does young Eliezer tell us about the town, community, and home that defined his childhood? How would you describe his storytelling tone?

4. Why doesnt anyone believe Moishe the Beadle? In what way did other citizens around the world share in Sighets naïveté? Would you have heeded Moishes warnings, or would his stories have seemed too atrocious to be true? Has modern journalism solved the problem of complacency, or are Cassandras more prevalent than ever?

5. As Eliezers family and neighbors are confined to a large ghetto and then expelled to a smaller, ghostlier one whose residents have already been deported, what do you learn about the process by which Hitler implemented doom? How are you affected by the uncertainty endured by Sighets Jews on their prolonged journey to the concentration camps?

6. With the words “Women to the right!” Eliezer has a final glimpse of his mother and of his sister, Tzipora. His father later wonders whether he should have presented his son as a younger boy, so that Eliezer could have joined the women. What turning point is represented by that moment, when their family is split and the gravity of every choice is made clear?

7. At Birkenau, Eliezer considers ending his life by running into the electric fence. His father tells him to remember Mrs. Schächter, who had become delusional on the train. What might account for the fact that Eliezer and his father were able to keep their wits about them while others slipped into madness?

8. Eliezer observes the now-infamous inscription above the entrance to Auschwitz, equating work with liberty. How does that inscription come to embody the deceit and bitter irony of the Nazi camps? What was the “work” of the prisoners? Were any of the Auschwitz survivors ever liberated emotionally?

9. Eliezers gold crown makes him a target for spurious bargaining, concluding in a lavatory with Franek, the foreman, and a dentist from Warsaw. Discuss the hierarchies in place at Auschwitz. How was a prisoners value determined? Which pris- oners were chosen for supervisory roles? Which ones were more likely to face bullying, or execution?

10. Eliezer expresses sympathy for Job, the biblical figure who experienced horrendous loss and illness as Satan and God engaged in a debate over Jobs faithfulness. After watching the lynching and slow death of a young boy, Eliezer tells himself that God is hanging from the gallows as well. In his Nobel lecture, Wiesel describes the Holocaust as “a universe where God, betrayed by His creatures, covered His face in order not to see.” How does Wiesels understanding of God change throughout the book? How did the prisoners in Night, including rabbis, reconcile their agony with their faith?

11. After the surgery on Eliezers foot, he and his father must face being marched to a more remote camp or staying behind to face possible eleventh-hour execution amid rumors of approaching Red Army troops. Observing that Hitlers deadliness is the only reliable aspect of their lives, Wiesels father decides that he and his son should leave the camp. The memoir is filled with such crossroads, the painful outcomes of which can be known only in retrospect. How does Wiesel respond to such outcomes? Do you believe these outcomes are driven by destiny, or do they simply reflect the reality of decision-making?

12. In his final scenes with his father, Eliezer must switch roles with him, becoming the provider and comforter, despite advice from others to abandon the dying man. What accounts for the tender, unbreakable bond between Eliezer and his father long after other men in their camp begin fending for themselves? How does their bond compare to those in your family?

13. What is the significance of the books final image, Wiesels face, reflected in a mirror? He writes that a corpse gazed back at him, with a look that has never left him. What aspects of him died during his ordeal? What aspects were born in their place? What do you make of his observation that among the men liberated with him, not one sought revenge?

14. Wiesel faced constant rejection when he first tried to publish Night; numerous major publishing houses in France and the United States closed their doors to him. His memoir is now a classic that has inspired many other historians and Holocaust survivors to write important contributions to this genre of remembrance. What is unique about Wiesels story? How does his approach compare to that of other memoirists whose work you have read?

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CNH1701, October 19, 2013 (view all comments by CNH1701)
Hawaii and Germany have one significant event in common: World War II. World War II has impacted billions of people, worldwide. After the bombing of Pearl Harbor in Hawai'i and the Holocaust in Germany, many people learned about things that were happening thousands of miles away and they became more aware of the worldly society. In this memoir, Night, by. Elie Wiesel, Eliezer and his family had been sent to a concentration camp in Birkenau. Throughout the memoir, Eliezer had changed and would never be the same.

In Elie Wiesel's memoir, Night, the story of the Jewish Holocaust has been told by a man that survived and lived through it all. Elie Wiesel brings you into the scenes, where you can feel the emotions of the people surrounding him. Pain, sorrow, sadness, anger, and confusion were emotions that were felt by the Jewish people being sent to concentration camps. He vividly describes the Jewish people's feelings arriving in Auschwitz in this excerpt, “But it was all in vain. Our terror could no longer be contained. Our nerves had reached a breaking point. Our very skin was aching. It was as though madness had infected all of us. We gave up."(31). He explained scenes extremely vividly to the point where we could vision it in our heads. Wiesel's strong points also consist of his diction and syntax. For example, an excerpt from Night, “And I, who believe that God is love, what answer was there to give my young interlocutor whose dark eyes still held the reflection of the angelic sadness that had appeared one day on the face of a hanged child?"(13-4). This particular excerpt was one of Wiesel's strongest quotes from the memoir, Night. The intensity of confused emotions, making many Jewish people question God and his presence with them.

This is a memoir that opens your eyes to help you see things through different perspectives. Wiesel's memoir, Night, keeps you on your toes and keeps you from putting the book down! You always question what is going to happen, because it seems as if anything could happen on any day.
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Maddie I, October 19, 2013 (view all comments by Maddie I)
Everyone hears stories about World War II and the horrible things that had happened to the Jewish people. We read a couple things in books and articles about it and shudder at the thought of it happening to us. Night by Elie Wiesel is another one of those unique stories told by someone who actually experienced the horrible internment camps during the Holocaust.
World War II has always intrigued me because I've always wanted to learn more about the experience and how some of the Jewish managed to survive. Night is a great memoir to read if you're looking for someone who lived through the nightmare themselves and can explain the events that happened in great detail.
This memoir is also more than just a story. Elie taps into the subject of religion and how the human mind works under extreme conditions. Although he doesn't outright say it, Elie gets you to think about religion and if your god actually exists and wants to help you. He starts questioning his god about why He hasn't come to save him and everyone else from the concentration camps. Elie also explains how many people become incredibly selfish and self-centered when their lives are on the line.
I really enjoyed this memoir and couldn't stop reading it. It has impacted me a lot by showing me that I should be more grateful to things I have and that I have food on the table everyday because someday it could all be suddenly taken away.
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Linda Cha, September 22, 2012 (view all comments by Linda Cha)
The first time I read this book, I was in high school and it was one of the books we were assigned to read in Honors English. I thought it would be just another assigned reading. The first night we were supposed to read only three chapters. I ended up reading the entire book, which isn't hard it wasn't that thick. I also cried, the sort of sobbing cry when your heart hurts. By the time I was done with the book, I could not help but be stunned at the intensity that such words could bring forth. It is SUCH a good book. Now that I am much older, I have been meaning to buy this book to add to my collection. I'll probably cry if I read it again.
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Product Details

Wiesel, Elie
Hill & Wang
Wiesel, Marion
Wiesel, Marion
Dogar, Sharon
World war, 1939-1945
Holocaust, jewish (1939-1945)
Historical - Holocaust
Personal Memoirs
General Biography
Wiesel, Elie - Childhood and youth
Jews - Romania - Sighet
Concentration camps
Biography - General
Edition Number:
Revised Edition
Edition Description:
Oprah's Book Club
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Grade Level:
from 7
8.25 x 5.5 in 1 lb
Age Level:
from 12

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"Review" by , "A slim volume of terrifying power" The New York Times
"Review" by , "What I maintain is that this personal record, coming after so many others and describing an outrage about which we might imagine we already know all that it is possible to know, is nevertheless different, distinct, unique....Have we ever thought about the consequence of a horror that, though less apparent, less striking than the other outrages, is yet the worst of all to those of us who have faith: the death of God in the soul of a child who suddenly discovers absolute evil?"
"Review" by , "Wiesel has taken his own anguish and imaginatively metamorphosed it into art."
"Review" by , "As a human document, 'Night' is almost unbearably painful, and certainly beyond criticism."
"Synopsis" by ,
Everyone knows about Anne Frank and her life hidden in the secret annex – but what about the boy who was also trapped there with her?

In this powerful and gripping novel, Sharon Dogar explores what this might have been like from Peter’s point of view. What was it like to be forced into hiding with Anne Frank, first to hate her and then to find yourself falling in love with her? Especially with your parents and her parents all watching almost everything you do together. To know you’re being written about in Anne’s diary, day after day? What’s it like to start questioning your religion, wondering why simply being Jewish inspires such hatred and persecution? Or to just sit and wait and watch while others die, and wish you were fighting.

As Peter and Anne become closer and closer in their confined quarters, how can they make sense of what they see happening around them?

Anne’s diary ends on August 4, 1944, but Peter’s story takes us on, beyond their betrayal and into the Nazi death camps. He details with accuracy, clarity and compassion the reality of day to day survival in Auschwitz – and ultimately the horrific fates of the Annex’s occupants.

"Synopsis" by , This powerful and gripping novel explores what life in the secret annex might have been like for Peter Van Pels.  What it was like to be forced into hiding with Anne, first to hate her and then begin falling in love with her.To sit and wait and watch while others die, and wish you were fighting. 

Annes diary ends on August 4, 1944, but Peters story continues as he details life in Auschwitz with clarity and compassion  – and the horrific fates of the Annexs occupants. Anne Frank's story has never been told quite like this.

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