"Night" by Elie Wiesel is about a man named Eliezer and his experiences during the Holocaust. This story is similar to a memoir since Wiesel uses the character of Eliezer as a representative for himself in many ways.Know More
The story begins with Eliezer, the narrator, studying Jewish books in his Hungarian hometown. His teacher, Moshe the Beadle, is deported and does not return for a few months. When Moshe does return, he says that the German secret police, the Gestapo, are taking people into the woods and butchering them. No one believes Moshe.
In 1944, the Nazis occupy Hungary and start to take repressive measures against the Jewish people. These quickly turn into abduction measures in which the Jewish people and Eliezer are taken to Birkenau, which is on the way to the concentration camp at Auschwitz. At Birkenau, Eliezer is separated with his father from his mother and his sisters. He never sees them again. Eliezer and his father pass the evaluation test, so they are allowed to live and work.
Eliezer is forced to watch prisoners get hanged and to see babies being burned alive. Eliezer is also forced to give his gold tooth to a foreman, and it is pried painfully out of his mouth with a spoon. Eliezer is taken to a hospital to have surgery for a foot injury, but during his time in the hospital, the Russians advance, and the Germans force the prisoners to go on a death march. They march for more than 50 miles to another concentration camp. Eliezer's father dies from physical abuse and dysentery. Eliezer survives and is liberated from the camp with the others on April 11, 1945, by the American army.Learn more in Non-fiction
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