Night memoir project

By: Chad Johnson

Author biography

Elie Wiesel was born September 30, 1928 in signet, Transylvania. He was raised as a Jew and was forced to relocate during the time of the nazi concentration camps at age 15(1944) and was eventually released in late 1945. After his experiences In the camps, he started writing books, one of which was night. He also became an activist, orator, and teacher. The book "night" was followed by two books: "dawn" and "day". All of his books show human kinds destructive treatments toward one another.
Big image

Overview of the holocaust (world war ll)

The holocaust was the mass genocide of about 6 million Jews during world war ll. the genocide was thought up by the nazi party and led by Adolf Hitler. Of the nine million Jews in the camps, approximately two thirds were killed. Over one million Jewish children, two million Jewish women, and three million Jewish men were killed in the network of over 40,000 nazi facilities across Germany. While this was going on, so was World War ll. This was a global war lasting from 1939 to 1945 that included the majority of the world's nations. With 50 million to 85 million deaths, this became the deadliest conflict in human history.

summary of the memoir-Night

The novel "Night" by Elie Wiesel is a nonfiction story about a young teen and his father's journey through the Holocaust. The book starts out with Eliezer and his father peacefully living in their hometown, Sighet, Transylvania. One afternoon Eliezer's instructor, Moshe the beadle, is deported. When he comes back, he tells crazy stories about Nazi soldiers murdering innocent people on his train. No one believed him until the Nazi Soldiers came to their hometown. They divided all of the Jews and, after putting them through extremely poor conditions, forced them to enter Auschwitz. while Eliezer and his father witness babies being burned alive, public hangings, and watching friends get shot, they are trying desperately to survive. Eventually Russian soldiers try to liberate the camps and Eliezer/father are forced to run in dangerously cold conditions with no food or water for over 50 miles. Eliezer's father gets sick and unfortunately ends up passing away shortly before Eliezer is liberated by American troops.

1st quote from "Night" (pg.32)

"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. 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" (32).

When Eliezer narrated this he was basically saying that everything he experienced in his journey was so powerfully inhumane that he could never forget it. The purpose for this quote was too catch the audience's attention and show how much he experienced in such a short amount of time. Elie Wiesel uses personification and metaphor to clearly state what he was talking about and grabbed the audience's attention with his good use of diction.

2nd quote from "Night" (pg.31)

"For the first time, I felt revolt rise up in me. Why should I bless His name? The Eternal, Lord of the Universe, the All-Powerful and Terrible, was silent. What had I to thank Him for" (31)?

In this quote Eliezer questions his faith in God. He feels betrayed because it seems like his God hasn't done anything to help him. Eliezer prayed, and studied the Torah regularly before he got forced into the concentration camps, and now he feels like he gets nothing in return. I think the purpose of this quote was too show how much the Holocaust destroyed peoples beliefs and basically made them a new person.

Author's purpose

I think that The main reason Elie Wiesel wrote this book was to inform readers around the world how inhumane, horrible, and destructive the holocaust was. He does this by providing the reader with imagery of different events that he experienced. Another reason Elie Wiesel might've written the book was for entertainment. Readers want to know how Eliezer survived being captured by Nazis and Elie Wiesel does a great job of 'telling' them. He achieves this by chronilogically writing the events he experienced. While some other non fiction books just place facts in no specific order, Wiesel actually tells a story to the readers for not only information, but entertainment.

Themes in "Night"

Family- near the begining of the book, many Jews get separated and relocated away from their families. Family is a very strong theme in the book because. For some Jews, it is the only thing that keeps them alive. After being separated from their families for so long living in fear of death, they use their families as motivation to survive.

The importance of father/son bonds- Eliezer and his father's bond was strong. It was strong enough to keep one of them alive through the horrors of the holocaust. Even though it was hard, their father/son bond kept them both alive until the end.

Inhumanity towards other humans- the holocaust was a very horrible time in history where mass genocide was occurring constantly. This inhumanity taught us how evil some peoples intentions can truly be.

Symbols in "Night"

Night- in the book, I think night represents suffering and physical/emotional darkness. Some of the worst parts of the book for Eliezer took place during night time (when Eliezer's father first heard about deportation of the Jews, their arrival at the concentration camps, their run to Buna, etc..)

Fire- I think that Fire represents pretty clearly how destructive, cruel, and powerful the Nazi's power was. Madame Schächter had visions of fire on the train to the death camps, Eliezer witnessed babies being burned alive in a ditch, and most importantly, hundreds of Jews were burned by the Nazi's fire in the cremetoria's around the camps.

Corpses- I think that the corpses represent emotional, physical, and spiritual death in the book. All through Eliezer's journey, he sees corpses, and in the end, when he looks in a mirror, he even compares himself to a corpse.


While reading this book, I was never really bored. "Night" kept me reading and even though it had a lot of violence and death throughout, it still provides an accurate account of the Holocaust and a great story. I would recommend the book to anyone (middle school and up) who enjoys nonfiction. I don't think children under 6th grade should read this because of the amount of violence and death that are clearly present in the book. However, for anyone over that age, this is a great book and will keep you entertained while informing you on the horrible truths of the holocaust.

Learner creation-original poem about the memoir (haiku)

Eliezer was good

The Holocaust was evil

Eliezer beat it.

Eliezer's father

Did nothing wrong, but was still

Killed by the evil.

Many died without

A true purpose, this is called

Genocide. Its bad.