Eliezer Wiesel’s Night The Book Night was the autobiography of Eliezer Wiesel. This was a horrible and sobering tale of his life story. The story takes place in Sighet, Translyvania. It’s the year 1941 and World War II is occurring. Eliezer was 12 at this time and wasn’t really aware of what was occurring in the world concerning the Jewish people. He had a friend who went by the name Moshe the Beadle.
Moshe was very good friend of Elezers’. One day it was ordered that all foreign Jews in Sighet be deported by German troops. They were told they had to wear yellow stars to identify themselves. Eliezers friends Moshe was also a foreign Jew, which meant he had to be deported. Eliezer did not see his friend Moshe for months.
When he finally saw him, Moshe was weeping. Eliezer asked him what was wrong. Moshe told him he was in a concentration camp. He said they threw him in a pit and shot his leg, but he managed to escape to worn him to flee for his life. Eliezer didn’t listen to him anyway. About three days later, German troops entered Sighet.
They order the people of Sighet to surrender to them or die. The people surrendered and had to give up all their possessions. Moshe was right, it did happen. All the people of Sighet were jammed into train cars and shipped to the concentration camp of Aushcwitz. At that point Eliezer was separated from his family forever with the exception of his father.
There was a large crematory in Aushcwitz. You could smell the burning flesh in the air. Eliezer was ordered to the crematory. He came within two paces of it, but then was ordered to the barracks. He was saved for that night only.
After that incident, he lived with fear of when was he going to die. Eliezer later went to other concentration camps in Bakenau and Buna. During these years in the camps he lived through great suffering. Starvation, and survival. He also witnesses thousands of people die and murdered including his own father. Eliezer was finally shipped to Buchenwald.
Which would end up being his last stay at any concentration camp. It was now the year 1945 and this ordeal was finally over. Allied forces had defeated the German troops and the people who survived were free. The first chance Eliezer had he wanted to look in a mirror. When he finally got the chance he didn’t see the same person he once was. He had the look of a dead corpse in his eyes, and that look is with him for the rest of his life.
I think the conflict that Eliezer had was not only physical but mental also. It was a conflict within himself to survive. In the end, he overcome it because he did survive this ordeal. In conclusion, I think Night was very detailed book. It made me realize the horror of the Holocaust and we must never allow this happen again. That’s the message that Elie Wiiesel wanted to spread.
If other people were to read this book, I think they would be moved the way I was and realize his message.