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The narrator of Night and the stand-in for the memoir's author, Elie Wiesel. Night traces Eliezer's psychological journey, as the Holocaust robs him of his faith in God and exposes him to the deepest inhumanity of which man is capable. Despite many tests of his humanity, however, Eliezer maintains his devotion to his father. It is important to note that we learn Eliezer's last name only in passing, and that it is never repeated. His story, which parallels Wiesel's own biography, is intensely personal, but it is also representative of the experiences of hundreds of thousands of Jewish teenagers.
Where is Eliezer from?
He is from the small town of Sighet.
What is the nature of Eliezer and Moshe the Beadle's relationship?
Eliezer and Moshe the Beadle know each other through religion and he mentored Eliezer on the Kabbala.
When Moshe returned to the village, after he had escaped the Gestapo's capture, what story did Moshe the Beadle tell?
The story of how he watched the German soldiers kill Jews and use babies as shooting targets.
How did the townspeople react to the horrible news he brought back to them?
Warning the townspeople of the potential threat they faced, they initially thought he was crazy and felt as though it was an exaggeration of reality.
What might be the reasons for the townspeople's widespread denial of the evidence facing them, even though the Germans have arrived and have moved all the Jews into ghettos?
Reasons for this were that if they denied it and did not accept it, it could help them feel as though the threat was not as real. If they suppressed the fear, it might not have had as large an effect on their person.
Explain the experience of life in the ghetto.
Despite the fact that the Jewish people's rights and freedoms were limited or taken away, the people had a false sense of security. It was ruled in a mindset that this was a small incident and would "blow over". However it should be noted that this was not the case.
What were the conditions of the train?
The train was cramped and unsecured.
German officers informed them that there were eighty people in the cattle car. If anybody went missing, _____.
they would all be shot
What was foreshadowed by Madame Schachter's nightmare?
It foreshadowed the fires and crematories.
What did some of the passengers do to quiet Madame Schachter?
The passengers hit her, gagged her and tied her up.
Where did the train finally stop?
When questioned by the SS officer, why did Elie lie about his age and occupation?
The boys that were too young and the men who were too old would have been cremated.
Immediately after they arrive Elie is _____.
separated from his mother and sisters
Where are Elie and his father originally assigned?
Both Eliezer and his father are assigned to labor units, so death is not immediate.
How had Elie changed in a short time?
He had forgotten his faith.
What was the compulsory formality at the entrance to all camps?
Running, a hot shower and new clothes.
Who was Stein and what did he ask Elie? Explain Elie's response and why he said what he did.
A relative named Stein came looking for Eliezer and his father after they've been in Auschwitz for about a week. Stein was Eliezer's cousin, and he was looking for news about his wife and children. Eliezer lied to Stein, saying he heard they are well. He said this as it would possibly lift his sprits and might give him a purpose to live.
Why was the prisoner in charge of Elie's block removed from this position?
He was too kind to the prisoners.
What happens to Stein?
He finds out the truth about his family and is never seen again. Presumably, he gave up hope and died.
They finally receive their work orders and they depart with the next transport. The destination is _____.
Once arriving at Buna, Eliezer and his dad are assigned to _____.
work in a warehouse for electrical equipment
How did Elie initially avoid losing his gold crown?
He pretended to be sick.
Describe how Elie and the French girl met.
At the warehouse, Eliezer worked near a young French girl who seemed to him to be Jewish although she passes herself off as Aryan. One day, Idek gets angry and beat Eliezer. The French girl was kind to him and gave him a little bit of bread. She told him not to give up hope.
How did Elie react when Idek beat his father?
As his father was being beaten, rather than being mad at Idek, Eliezer was mad at his father for not avoiding the Kapo.
Who was Franek and what did he want from Eliezer?
Franek, the foreman, decided he wanted Eliezer's gold crown. Eliezer wouldn't give it to him.
How did Elie eventually lose his golden crown?
Franek discovered Eliezer's weakness, his father, and began to torment Eliezer's father during their marches. At last, Eliezer gave in and his tooth was then extracted with a rusty spoon in the bathroom.
Why did Idek beat Eliezer?
Idek marched them out of the camp and Eliezer went exploring and discovers why Idek didn't want anyone in the camp; he was sleeping with the young Polish girl. Idek discovered Eliezer and gave him lashes with a whip in front of the whole block and told him he would get five times that if he told anyone what he saw.
What happened, during the air raid, when one man dared to venture out to get some extra soup?
The man was killed when the Allies started bombing Buna.
Why were the prisoners excited to hear the air raid?
All of the prisoners were glad to hear the bombs; they gained renewed hope.
Explain why during Rosh Hashanah Eliezer did not ask forgiveness for his sins.
Eliezer felt himself to be "the accuser, God the accused".
Why didn't Elie fast on Yom Kippur?
His father didn't want him too and he had lost faith anyway.
Where was Eliezer transferred to, job wise?
Eliezer was no longer in the same block as his father because he was transferred to the construction Kommando, which had the bad jobs where one would haul huge stones around.
What was Eliezer's inheritance from his father?
A knife and a spoon.
Akiba Drumer, one of their fellow prisoners, was selected. He asked them to remember to say the _____ for him after he dies. Do they follow though?
Kaddish, They promise but they forgot to say it.
In January, Eliezer's foot began to swell. What did Elie do?
Because it was so swollen, he went to a Jewish doctor, a prisoner, who told him that he needed an operation or it would have to be amputated. So Eliezer entered the hospital.
What was Elie's greatest fear regarding the hospital?
That he would be selected at the hospital while recuperating.
While he waited in the hospital, rumors flew that the Russians were not far away and the camp was _____. Those who are in the hospital would probably be _____.
going to be evacuated, "liquidated" or killed
How did Elie respond to the potential threat?
So Eliezer, even though his foot was still recovering, went in search of his father. He didn't want to stay behind in the hospital and be separated from his father during the evacuation.
The camp was evacuated and the prisoners went on a march. What happened to anyone who could not keep up?
They were shot or trampled.
When Eliezer fell asleep, his dad woke him and warned him not to fall asleep as it was dangerous to sleep in the snow. Why?
To sleep means death.
What horrible realization did Elie come to concerning Rabbi Elahou and his son?
His son wanted his father to die.
Where did they arrive at the end of this march?
At last, they reached a camp, Gleiwitz, and they entered the barracks to sleep.
What was the last thing Juliek does before he dies?
Juliek played Beethoven through the long night.
A selection was carried out and Elie's father was selected. How did Eliezer get his father back on his side?
Eliezer's father was sent to the left, to death. Eliezer managed to slip into the left side and, in the middle of confusion, moved his father back to the right.
What happened to those that were not sent to death?
They were sent on another march and left the camp. They marched until they were told to stop and wait for the train. They waited for hours.
On the train, survival was a struggle to the death. Explain.
A German workman by the train tracks threw some bread into the train car. The German watched, amused, as the men fought each other to the death to get the bread. A son killed his own father for a piece of bread.
The bread incident was so interesting to the German workers that they began tossing more bread into the train cars.
When someone tried to strangle Eliezer, who saved him?
The man in charge of the wagon, Meir Katz, managed to save him.
Where did the train take him next?
The train at last arrived at Buchenwald. A hundred prisoners had gotten on the train while only a dozen get off. Eliezer and his father were among that dozen.
Why was Elie's father being beaten?
He was being too loud while calling Elie to get him water.
Eliezer's father remained alive for a few more days, but died as a result of _____.
After Eliezer was at Buchenwald for a couple more months, SS officers began to evacuate the camp and started moving thousands of prisoners out each day. Why was Eliezer lucky that his unit had not been moved out with earlier units?
An underground resistance movement in the camp acted and gained control.
Who liberated the camp?
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