Bennett's Book Nook

by: Gigi

Top Ten List.

1)Q:"Today there are anti-Semities in Germany, France or even Americans who tell the world that the "story" of 6 million Jewish lives is a hoax...I am not so natïve as to believe them...Books no longer have the power that they once did. Those who kept silent today will keep silent tomorrow"

R: If you google "holocaust is fake" there are tons of websites who claim they proof that it is fake. It crazy to think that after all the books, movies, documentaries, REAL people saying they, or their grandparents, lived thru it there are still people who deny that it is real. Its terrying how ignorance has become too common in todays world.

2)Q:"...My father was to be younger and I older...The Selection...The babies being thrown into fiery ditches...I tried to convinced myself they were dead...Historians such as Telford Taylor confirmed...They were alive… Men to the left! Women to the right! Eight words spoken quietly, indifferently, without emotion…and yet that was the moment I parted from my mother."

R: This quote was about when they first got to the camp. It talks about how the age groups would be separated without any consideration of families. It shows Nazi’s being absolute feeling-less when it comes to anything. To kill babies and separate families without caring is bizarre.

3)Q:"So much has happened within such a few hours that I had lost all sense of time. When had we left our houses? And the ghetto? And the train? Was it only a week? One night- one single night" pg34

R: This quote was when the Germans moved the Jews unexpectedly to the ghetto. After gaining their trust in the beginning they never saw what was coming and everything just happened so quickly.

4) Q:"Do you see that chimney over there...That's your grave, over there.", pg. 28

R: This quotes was when Eli and his families were in the line getting ready to go in the unknown. Scared and when the person tells him, he refuses to believe that people can be that cruel.

5)Q:“Was there a single place where you were not in danger to death?” pg37

R: The Jews were expected to be polite as can be to the Germans and to do what they said immediately unless they wanted to be severely punished. Any mess up and you would be dead with no questions asked.

6) Q: “I did not deny God’s existence but I doubted His absolute justice” pg 42

R: Ellie is saying how he still believes there is a God but is slowly losing faith in him because he feels as if God is looking over them less and less. Ellie is still trying to hold on to whatever faith he still has in God but each time he goes through something devastating it gets harder and harder to believe.

7)Q:"I've got more faith in Hitler than in anyone else. He's the only one who's kept his promises, all his promises, to the Jewish people.” Pg 47

R:This is a very ironic statement because Hitler was the one who did all of this in the first place. But from the point of view in Elie's eyes, it seems that Hitler promised that there would be no more Jews, that the Jews would be punished and put to suffer and it seems that he is the only one who kept his "promises".

8)Q:“Behind me, I heard the same man asking: ‘For God’s sake, where is God?’ And from within me, I heard a voice answer: ‘Where is he? This is where—hanging here from this gallows…’” (Chapter 4, pg. 65)

R: In this quote we see Ellie’s faith beginning to die away. He’d come into the camps as overtly religious boy, who had made the study of his faith his life goal. Though at this point, the camps have altered him drastically. Seeing the young boy being hanged, whom everyone had thought so well of, shook the camp greatly. How such an innocent boy could be killed so mercilessly made all the prisoners question their God and Ellie saw it as God dying right up there on the noose alongside that boy.

9) Q:"But I had no more tears. And, in the depths of my being, in the recesses of my weakened conscience, could I have searched it, I might perhaps have found something like-free at last!" (Chapter 8, pg. 106)

R: Ellie is explaining that throughout his entire concentration camp experience he has spent it with his father. But being so deprived and emaciated, he has lost his sense of morality, and actually feels joy that he longer has to carry the burden of giving his father his rations and always having to watch out for him.

10); Q:"The look in his eyes as he gazed at me" pg,119

R: this the last sentence in the book and it is a very powerful quote because it talks about when the first American tank came in to save them and when a solider tried helping him and was so shocked by the way he looked. Powerful story indeed.

Thematically Speaking

The theme of this book has to be "the test of your faith" because in the beginning of the book Ellie is this spiritual child who adores God and prays and lives for the Lord. In the introduction of the book it quotes "How did i survive? A miracle? Certainly not." so you assume automatically that he never believed there was a God to begin with. Nevertheless once you get started with the actual story you come to realize that he is a very spiritual guy. He would always pray and live for the Lord. Sadly, once the Holocaust started and they moved to the ghetto you can actually feel the faith just leaving him. Near the middle of the book it says "I did not deny His existence, but i began to question His justice".

So upsetting.

Best Seller/ Discount Shelf.

The book Night by Ellie Wiesel is a very emotional and powerful book. I don't normally read history books expect "The Diary of Anne Frank" and I am not disappointed. This book does an absolute fabulous job of truly explaining the sufferings and horror that the poor Jews had suffer. If anyone wants to get real information and feel like you can actual feel the terror that the poor Jews went thru than Night is a strong recommendation.

3 slides/ Imports.

1)"Night (The Night Trilogy, #1)." Goodreads. N.p., n.d. Web. 16 Feb. 2016.

2) "'Night' by Elie Wiesel." Entertainment. N.p., n.d. Web. 16 Feb. 2016.

3)Mongredien, Phil. "Night by Elie Wiesel | Book Review." The Guardian. Guardian News and Media, 19 Dec. 2009. Web. 16 Feb. 2016.