Night Memoir Project

By: Justice Buford

Author Bibliography

Elie Wiesel was born in 1928 in the town of Sighet in modern day Romania. He lived there during World War II and one day he, his parents and his siblings got taken to a concentration camp. He and his two older sisters survived and after the Nazis were defeated, he moved to Paris. He became a journalist in Paris and wrote over thirty books. His books and his countless speeches about his experiences in the camp helped him to win the Nobel Peace Prize.
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Overview of the War

World War II took place from 1930 to 1945. It is the largest war the world had ever seen and nuclear weapons were used in it. The war was mostly fought in Asia and Europe. World War II began on September 1, 1939 when the Nazis invaded Germany. They set up camps and killed a large portion of the Jewish population. The Nazis were defeated on September 2, 1945, but the war was also going on in Asia. Japan was attacking China around the same time during the Nazi's reign. Many other battles broke out in this war, but some of the most devastating ones used nuclear warfare. On December 7, 1941, Pearl Harbor was bombed by the Japanese killing thousands of people. This brought the United States of America into their second world war. The entire war ended in 1945 when Japan finally surrendered to Russia after the Russians invaded Manchuria.

Summary of Memoir

The book begins with 12 year old Elie back in his home in Sighet, Romania. One day his instructor, Moshe the Beadle, returns to Sighet nearly dead and tells people that the Nazis are coming and they all are going to die. Later that week, Elie and his family are forced to move into a ghetto. Elie and his family are calm and think everything is going to be okay, but one day the Nazis arrive and start taking shipments of people to a concentration camp called the Auschwitz-Birkenau. When Elie gets there, he and his father lie about their ages so they can live and they get sent to Auschwitz. However, his sisters and his mother get sent to Birkenau, the death camp. He never sees his mother and his youngest sister again. Elie and his father had to keep eating the terrible food so they would not get killed for being weak. A few weeks later, Elie and his father marched to a factory called Buna in another camp and a thirteen year old boy was hung. Elie began to question God. When Russian liberation forces were coming to Buna, the Nazis made the prisoners flee. The weak would be shot and killed. Elie, his father, and ten others survived. Elie's father is depleted and Elie tries to help, but his father dies. Elie passes out after this and when he wakes Russian Liberation Forces had reached the camp and they all were saved.

Major Quotes

1. "Never shall I forget those moments which murdered my God and my soul and turned my dreams to dust. Never shall I forget these things, even if I am condemned to live as long as God Himself. Never." (Elie Wiesel, Night, Ch. 3). In this part of the quote, Elie felt as if everything had been taken away from him including his faith in God and his dreams. He tried to understand why God is doing this to them and even tried to separate himself from God, but he soon realized that God is his only way out and that God would be the only one to help them through this tough time.

2. "Never shall I forget that night, the first night in camp, which has turned my life into one long night, seven times cursed and seven times sealed. Never shall I forget that smoke. Never shall I forget the little faces of the children whose bodies I saw turned into wreaths of smoke beneath a silent blue sky. Never shall I forget those flames which consumed my faith forever. Never shall I forget that nocturnal silence which deprived me, for all eternity, of the desire to live." (Elie Wiesel, Night, Ch. 3). At this moment, he finally understood that the Nazis were getting rid of the Jews that did not reach Hitlers requirements and he now understood how horrific his new life would be. Elie realized how awful these crimes are and figured out that this is an act of terrorism against his people. He also realized that he needed to grow up into a man if he wanted to survive. He knew he needed to stay calm and not do anything to get their family killed.

Writer's Purpose

The writer's purpose was to show readers that the Holocaust was real and that the innocent people who lost their lives there should never be forgotten. It also opens readers eyes to the terrible way individuals were treated for just being different. He also wanted to show us that this is wrong and that we should stop it if this situation occurs again.

Major Theme

In the novel Night by Elie Wiesel, there are many important themes, but the most important theme from the novel is remembering the people who suffered during the Holocaust and those who inflicted the pain. This is the main purpose of the novel and it helps readers remember the horrific things that happened in the Holocaust in hopes that nothing this terrible will ever happen again. This theme is universal because our society needs to stop this type of abuse from occurring in other parts of the world. There is evidence that this similar abuse has already starting to happen in North Korea, and we can not just sit back and watch this scene unfold again. We mustlearn from our past mistakes and make better choices if we are going to evolve into a better society. This theme not only relates to my life, but to everyone living because we need to work together to stop this from occurring again. Together we can save millions of lives.


Personal Reaction to the Reading

When I finished reading the novel, I was shocked and horrified of all the things that happened in the book. I felt bad for Elie and the other people who lost their fiends and family throughout this novel. I also was mad that the world just sat back and watched and did not take any action to stop the problem.

Personal Recommendation to the Reading

I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to learn more about the Holocaust. This book puts you in the novel alongside Elie and it gives you a good description of what his life was like. I also would recommend this book to children because this book will show them that this type of situation is wrong and that they should make sure this type of cruelty never happens in future generations. Night is a spectacular book and it should be read by all.

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