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Thanakorn Angkasirisan

English 12
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Night Research Paper

In World War II, beside the fight between countries, Germany had a plan about Jewish

genocide known as the Holocaust, up to 6 million jews were killed, very few survived. Elie

Wiesel was one. He is the writer who has won Nobel Peace Prize in 1986. Elie Wiesel is the

author of many books, one of the most famous is Night. Night is an autobiographical novel

narrated in a Jewish survival perspective of Elie Wiesel. Some say the book is his memoirs of

non-fiction, some say historical fiction, and some a complete fiction. However, some part of the

book is proven to be the truth. Night contains Elie Wiesel biography: birthplace and year,

family, and residence, as he wrote the story of himself during the World War II in the book.

Elie Wiesel was born in 1928, Sighet, Romania. The Jews of Sighetthe little town in

Transylvania where I spent my childhoodwere fond of him. He was poor and lived in utter

penury. As a rule, our townspeople, while they did help the needy, did not particularly like

them. I met him in 1941. I was almost thirteen and deeply observant (p.3). The quote is at the

beginning of the book in which he describes a man in the same hometown as Elie, the Jews town

of Sighet in Transylvania, Romania. He met him in 1941 when He was about thirteen years old

meaning that he was born in 1928. Holocaust Encyclopedia explains that Sighet was a part of

Romania and once conquered by Hungary. Sighet (known today as Sighetu Marmatiei), a town

in Transylvania, was part of Romania following World War I. The town was part of Hungary

between 1940 and 1944. Sighet is well known as the birthplace of Elie Wiesel (1928-2016) noted

Holocaust survivor and author of Night (Elie Wiesel, 2017). The aging calculation and

hometown of the main character in the book, Eliezer, was comparably the same as the author

who narrates the story, Elie Wiesel.


Elie Wiesel described his genuine family member in the book. My father was a cultured

man, rather unsentimental. He rarely displayed his feelings, not even within his family, and was

more involved with the welfare of others than with that of his own kin. The Jewish community of

Sighet held him in highest esteem; his advice on public and even private matters was frequently

sought. There were four of us children. Hilda, the eldest; then Bea; I was the third and the only

son; Tzipora was the youngest. My parents ran a store. Hilda and Bea helped with the work. As

for me, my place was in the house of study, or so they said (p.4). The quote is about Eliezer

describing his family. He was the third child and only son of the family. His sisters were Hilda,

Bea and Tzipora. Moreover, His parents owned a grocery store. Jewish Virtual Library tells that

Elie Wiesels parents owned a store and he had two older sisters and one younger sister. His

parents, Shlomo and Sarah, owned a grocery store in the village. He had two older sisters, Hilda

and Bea, and a younger sister, Tsiporah (Sighet, 2017). The information from the evidence is

corresponding to the book that his parents owned a store and he is the third child of the family

and sisters name are Hilda, Bea and Tzipora.

Elie Wiesel was sent to concentration camps. Remember it always, let it be graven in

your memories. You are in Auschwitz. And Auschwitz is not a convalescent home. It is a

concentration camp (p.38). The SS officer talked to Jews who had arrived at Auschwitz

Concentration Camp. After four hours, we arrived at the new camp: Buna (p.46). Then Elie

was moved to another camp. The last day had been the most lethal. We had been a hundred or

so in this wagon. Twelve of us left it. Among them, my father and myself. We had arrived in

Buchenwald (p.103). Later, Elie was moved toward center of Germany at Buchenwald. Jewish
Virtual Library shows Elie Wiesels journey of places he had been moved. ...After four days,

the train stopped at Auschwitz. Wiesel, then 15, followed the instructions of a fellow prisoner

and told the waiting SS officer that he was eighteen, a farmer and in good health. He and his

father were sent to be slave laborers. Wiesel and his father survived first Auschwitz and then the

Buna labor camp for eight months, enduring beatings, hunger, roll calls and other torture. In

the winter of 1944-1945, Wiesels foot swelled up. He went to a camp doctor who operated on

him. Two days later, on January 19, the SS forced the inmates of Buna on a death march. Wiesel

was sent to join 600 children in Block 66 of Buchenwald (Sighet, 2017). The evidence states

three names of concentration camp, that Elie had been through, in a sequence accordingly to the

book. Elie Wiesel did state his own journey in Night.

The book Night has Elie Wiesel true biography about neighborhood, family, and

journey within it. Elie Wiesel was born in little jewish town of Sighet in Transylvania, Romania.

He was the third child and only son of the family. And he had been through several concentration

camps: Auschwitz, Buna, and Buchenwald. His life during World War II was terrible than

anyone could ever imagine, it all was expressed out in his book: Night and several other book by

Elie Wiesel.
References

Elie Wiesel. (n.d.). Retrieved December 06, 2017, from

http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/elie-wiesel

Sighet. (n.d.). Retrieved December 06, 2017, from

https://www.ushmm.org/wlc/en/article.php?ModuleId=10008204

Elie Wiesel. Biography.com, A&E Networks Television, 8 Feb. 2017,

www.biography.com/people/elie-wiesel-9530714.

Elie Wiesel - Facts. Nobelprize.org, Nobel Prize, 2014,

www.nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/peace/laureates/1986/wiesel-facts.html.

Routledge, J. (2014, August 25). Night: Elie Wiesel's memoir and how it preserved the Jewish

identity. Retrieved December 07, 2017, from https://www.theguardian.com/childrens-

books-site/2014/aug/25/elie-wiesel-night-jewish-identity-amnesty-teen-takeover-2014