Written by Elie Wiesel


In May, 1944, Eliezer Weisel and his family were forced from their home and sent to the Auschwitz concentration camp. During "Selection", Elie and his father were separated from his mother and three sisters. Elie retells the agony he, his father, and other innmates endured in WWII.


Conflict- Internal

Man vs. Self

Eliezer struggled to keep his faith in god. "...I was alone, terribly alone in a world without God, without man...I felt myself to be stronger than this Almighty to whom my life had been bound for so long. In the midst of these men assembled for prayer, I felt like an observer, a stranger." (Elie Wiesel, 68)

Things That Stood-Out to Me

Air Raid Sirens followed by the All Clear (Very good quality recording)

Air Raid

A boy was sent to the gallows after he stole soup during an air raid. This was the first hanging Elie Weisel ever witnessed in Buna.
Dachau Concentration Camp Bell


The bells rang in order to keep the inmates on schedule. When Eliezer hurt his foot and went to the hospital, he was relieved because he no longer had to obey the bells.


The Juliek's Concerto

Juliek's Finale

After the death march to Gleiwitz, the dead were piled on the living and dying. In the dark, cold, silence, a young boy named Juliek, whom Elie had met in Auschwitz, played a Beethoven concerto on his violin. "Never before had I heard such a beautiful sound." (Wiesel, 95) By daybreak, Juliek was hunched over, dead.