The book, which helped shape the American understanding of the effects of the Holocaust, has since become a staple on high school reading and best-seller lists. But Wiesel, who passed away Saturday at 87, wrote more than 50 books of fiction and nonfiction — and not all were focused on his harrowing experiences in the Auschwitz and Buchenwald camps.
His childhood was cut short, his dreams and beliefs shattered, as he witnessed the death of his family and his people in the Nazi death camps of Auschwitz and Buchenwald.
After the war, Wiesel took a year vow of silence before he attempted to put into words the horror and pain of the Holocaust. When he finally wrote Night, Wiesel had difficulty finding a publisher, for it was believed that few would want to read such heart-wrenching words.
Today it is one of the most read and respected books on the Holocaust. His book Night has been followed by other equally powerful books. The Voice and Vision of Elie Wiesel is a three-volume collection of his work.
InElie Wiesel was the recipient of the Congressional Gold Medal and inhe was honored with one of the greatest of all awards, the Nobel Peace Prize. Over the years, Wiesel has, in a sense, become the soul of the Holocaust. His books and lectures compel us to not only confront the issues and consequences of the Holocaust, but to keep it in our memory to ensure that history is never repeated.
He lives his life, he explains, in the pursuit of meaning. Wiesel has traveled all over the world, including Bosnia, where he attempted to assist with the peace efforts.
His eloquence, sensitivity, and insights serve as the voice for those who can no longer speak.
Throughout the book, Wiesel speaks of the struggle to survive, the fight to stay alive while retaining those qualities that make us human.
While Wiesel lost his innocence and many of his beliefs, he never lost his sense of compassion nor his inherent sense of right. Jewish mysticism studied by Jewish scholars.
Often, kapos were selected from the prisoners—usually the criminals. Encourage students to study this picture and create a list of words the image brings to mind. Have students select one of the words from this class list and write a brief essay in their journals that reflects the feelings that this word evokes.
Allow time for students to share their essays. They thought he was a madman. What he told them was too incomprehensible to be believed. They did not think it was possible to wipe out a whole people, scattered as they were throughout so many countries. How did the German soldiers win the confidence of the people of Sighet?
At first they treated the Jews politely. They lived in their homes and acted quite civilly.
The people wanted to believe they were in no danger. Little by little, the soldiers took away their freedom—the leaders of the Jewish community were arrested; the Jewish people were put under house arrest; all their valuables were confiscated; the Jews were forced to wear a yellow star; the Jewish people were forced into ghettos; the ghettos were emptied and the people deported to concentration camps.
At one point, upon arrival at Auschwitz, the prisoners considered revolting. The older people begged their children not to do anything foolish.
They still believed that they should not lose hope and must adhere to the teachings of their faith. Describe conditions in the death camps. Prisoners were given barely enough food to survive, they were literally worked to death, they had little in the way of clothing to protect them from the freezing cold, they were kicked, beaten, and forced to suffer every inhumane treatment imaginable, and they lived with the constant threat of the furnaces.
Evidence has shown that most people took their photograph albums. Why were these albums so important to them?Franklin writes that Night is the account of the year-old Eliezer, a "semi-fictional construct", told by the year-old Elie Wiesel.
This allows the year-old to tell his story from "the post-Holocaust vantage point" of Night's readers. In the novel Night by Elie Wiesel, the theme of night and darkness is prevalent throughout the story and is used as a primary tool to convey symbolism, foreshadowing, and the hopeless defeat felt by prisoners of Holocaust concentration camps.
Franklin writes that Night is the account of the year-old Eliezer, a "semi-fictional construct", told by the year-old Elie Wiesel. This allows the year-old to tell his story from "the post-Holocaust vantage point" of Night's readers. Susan Ketcham, () Elie Wiesel's Night and the Holocaust.
Retrieved from the Digital Public Library of America, why is it important for future generations to never forget the atrocities of the Holocaust?
Each student should select a quote from the novel that corresponds to their work. When Night Falls in Elie Wiesel's Book, Night Words | 3 Pages. When Night Falls Elie Wiesel’s book Night presents certain aspects of Jewish history, culture and practice through the story of Wiesel’s experience with his father in the concentration camps.
Elie Wiesel was only twelve years old when, in , the events of World War II and the Holocaust invaded his home in Sighet, Transylvania. His childhood was cut short, his dreams and beliefs shattered, as he witnessed the death of his family and his people in .