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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.
An aged Rabbi. He desperately searches for his son, whom he cannot find during the journey from Buna. His son had left him behind.
A strong gardener from Sighet. He helps to free Elie from an attacker on the train to Gleiwitz but is overcome by grief when he considers his lost family.
Sang with a deep dark voice; said that God was testing them; Translated a verse from the Bible into numbers which he thought he could predict Redemption with. He eventually lost all faith and fell into despair and died.
A Jewish woman from Sighet who is deported in the same cattle car as Eliezer. Madame Schächter 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.
Moishe the Beadle
a poor and lonely religious man. He tells terrifying tales about the condition of the Jews in concentration camps, which Elie and the villagers find hard to believe.
Eliezer's relative from Antwerp, Belgium, whom he and his father encounter in Auschwitz. Trying to bolster his spirit, Eliezer lies to him and tells him that his family is still alive and healthy.
She is Elie's maid who comes to their ghetto one night and warns them of what could happen. She then says she has made a secret shelter that they may come stay at; However, Elie's dad refuses.
When he arrives at Auschwitz, Eliezer encounters the historically infamous Dr. Mengele. Mengele was the cruel doctor who presided over the selection of arrivals at Auschwitz/Birkenau. Known as the "Angel of Death," Mengele's words sentenced countless prisoners to death in the gas chambers. He also directed horrific experiments on human subjects at the camp.
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. He also tortures Elie's father for not complying.
Eliezer's Kapo (a prisoner conscripted by the Nazis to police other prisoners) at the electrical equipment warehouse in Buna. Despite the fact that they also faced the cruelty of the Nazis, many Kapos were as cruel to the prisoners as the Germans. During moments of insane rage, Idek beats Eliezer.
Yom Kippur/The refusal to fast
When Yom Kippur arrives, Elie and the rest of the Jews contemplate if they should fast on Yom Kippur. Elie decides not to as a rebellious act against God. He also thinks that he could die if he doesn't eat everything.
8 simple, short words
"Men to the left, women to the right." These 8 words were that quick, last words that separated Elie from his mother and sisters forever.
When Elie's father believes he is about to die, he gives his son a spoon and a knife. Elie tries to reassure him that he will be okay, but even Elie says that it is like an inheritance. Later, his father lives and Elie gives back the cutlery.
Faith in Hitler
Elie's neighbor in the infirmary says that he should get out because Hitler says he is going to annihilate all Jews and Hitler has kept all his promises so far. The guy says he has more faith in Hitler than anyone else.
7th Day of Passover
During Passover Jews had secret meetings of prayer in the ghettos because the synagogues were off limits. On the 7th day of Passover, the Germans discovered the secrets and demanded that every Jew must stay in their homes for three days with a penalty of death.
Free at Last!
When Elie found out his dad died, he was sad; however, deep down he was thinking this.
small attractive young boy that was forced to be used for sex by the nazi guards; also used as a messanger; he ended up being executed but did not die immediatly because he didnt have enough body weight to break his own neck.
German term meaning "Muslim," widely used by concentration camp prisoners to refer to inmates who were on the verge of death from starvation, exhaustion, and despair. A person who had reached the Muselman stage had little, if any, chance for survival and usually died within weeks
jewish prayer for the dead. Elie mentions that Kaddish was never said for his father, among others.
When Jews and others in the ghettos and camps were chosen for death
Nazi extermination camp in Poland, the largest center of mass murder during the Holocaust. Close to a million Jews, Gypsies, Communists, and others were killed there. (p. 800)
The second concentration camp where Elie and his father are taken to, where they face the hardest labor and abuse.
The concentration camp where Elie's father dies. A Jewish resistance takes control of the camp.
When the Jews of Sighet are FIRST deported, how many people are on each train car?
80 people in one car
How many men gel onto the train car with Elie and his father on the trip to Buchenwald?(the 2nd trip)
Yossi & Tibbi
2 brothers from Czechoslovakia who became orphaned when their parents were murdered in Birkenau
Unit who worked in the crematoria
The foreman (boss) of the warehouse where the Wiesels worked
Prisoners in charge of other prisoners (often they were Jewish)
On what day is Eliezer's family deported from Sighet?
The Sabbath, the day of rest
In the shed, taking a brief break from the run, what does Eliezer pray for?
For the strength to never abandon his father for his own benefit
In the concentration camp hospital, Eliezer's neighbor remarks he has lost faith in everything except what?
To whom does Eliezer lose the gold crown on his tooth?
In the barracks at Gleiwitz, what does Eliezer hear?
Juliek playing Beethoven on the violin
Where does Schlomo die?
At Buna, with whom is Eliezer placed in a block?
What specifically does Eliezer recruit Moshe the Beadle to teach him?
How does Elie feel towards the Hungarian police?
He hates them
When does it begin?
When did Wiesel say the travelers left their illusions behind?
It was when they left the train at Birkenau. It meant that they had left all their cherished belongings and illusions behind them.
Which notorious SS officer did they meet at Auschwitz?
How long where Elie and his father at Auschwitz? Where did they go after that?
Elie and his father remained at Auschwitz for 3 weeks. After that, they went to Buchenwald.
What happened to the young man who tries to have soup?
When the soup is unattended, this hungry man tries to get some. He is shot
What happened to the young man from Warsaw and why?
He was hung in front of everybody because he stole items during the raid. He yells "long live liberty! My curse on Germany!"
What does Elie dream of a life without?
He dreams of a life without a bell.
How does Elie feel when he is running?
He longs to die.
April 10, 1945
the underground resistance of the camp put up a fight against the SS and took control of the camp. Buchenwald was then liberated by the allied forces.
During which Jewish holiday did the German persecution of the Jews in Sighet begin?
What emotion best describes the attitude of the Jewish community in Sighet towards the Germans during the first five years of World War II?
Where are the Jews forced to wait the entire day before deportation?
Why was "the sad-eyed angel" executed?
He blew up a power plant
"The yellow star... so what"
"I have a bad feeling... saw two new faces in the ghetto"
"Someone is knocking on the sealed window!"
"Don't worry, I'll warn you if there's danger"