Night Characters


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Elie Wiesel
Holocaust survivor and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate is the author of Night, about his experience at Auschwitz.
Mr. Wiesel
Father of Elie, stays with him through most of book, He is almost tossed from the train since the grave diggers thought he was dead but Ellie hit his frozedn body until he moved and saved him. He dies in his bunk
How does Elie's father die?
Dysentery, starvation, and exhaustion were the diseases that were killing him. What actually killed him was a beating he received from a Nazi and he left to Elie a spoon and a knife. (January 28-29 1945
How did Ellie respond to his father's death?
He did not week. He had no more tears. He (deep down inside) felt "free at last!" he felt free from the burden of caring for him at his own expense.
Meir Katz
Eliezer's father's friend from Buna. In the cattle car to Buchenwald, Katz saves Eliezer's life from an unidentified assailant who was trying to strangle him.
A young musician whom Eliezer meets in Auschwitz. Juliek reappears late in the memoir, when Eliezer hears him playing the violin after the death march to Gleiwitz.
What happens to Juliek's violin?
Juliek plays the violin to a room full of dying men. In the morning, Elie found that Juliek had joined the dead along with his smashed violin.
A worker in the electrical warehouse whose immersion in the Talmud helps him escape reality; he cringes with intestinal cramps on the flight from Buna and sinks down to relieve his bowels. Elie assumes that Zalman is trampled by the inmates rather than shot by the SS.
Rabbi Eliahou
An example of a father - son relationship (bonds that keep you alive in the camps) His son abandoned him during the forced march
Akiba Drummer
Religious man; lost the faith; wanted to die; He wanted people to say the Kaddish for him but after he dies they forgot to pray for him
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.
A crazy Kapo who beats Elie. The worst of Elie's mistreatment comes after he laughs at this man for lying with a young Polish girl. For this, Elie is given 25 lashes and faints.
the Pipel
the innocent boy that in hung - represents God dying in the mind of Eliezer - master caught with a weapon and both were killed
A young boy in the service of the Oberkapo Dutchman. One day the power went out and they discovered weapons in the block of the Oberkapo. The pipel was condemned to death and hung.
Elie's little sister who died along with his mother. He last sees her when she was 7 and she stays with her mother
Stein of Antwerp
A relative who meets Elie and his father at Auschwitz. He is worried about his wife Reizel and his sons. Elie cheers him up by telling him the lie that his mother has been receiving letters from his wife, though it is not true. He eventually learns the truth that his family is dead and dies.
Moshe the Beadle
Eliezer's teacher of Jewish mysticism, Moshe is a poor Jew who lives in Sighet. He is deported before the rest of the Sighet Jews but escapes and returns to warn the town what the Nazis are doing to the Jews. Tragically, the community takes Moshe for a lunatic. They do not listen to his warnings.
Madame Schachter
A Jewish woman from Sighet who is deported in the same cattle car as Eliezer. She is taken for a madwoman when, every night, she screams that she sees furnaces in the distance. She proves to be a prophetess, however, as the trains soon arrive at the crematoria of Auschwitz.