By Elie Wiesel
“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.” I highly recommend Night. It is a true tale of a Jewish boy during the Holocaust. Riveting, heart wrenching and eye-opening, Night will keep you reading until the last page.
This novel is set during the Holocaust and WW2. Night takes place in 1944 and 1945. Eliezer is transported through many of the concentration and work camps: Auschwitz, Buna and Buchenwald. We follow Elizer’s journey as he undergoes the train ride to Auschwitz, is inspected at each camp and is forced to work for his life in the concentration camps.

Night traces Eliezer’s psychological journey, as the Holocaust robs him of his faith in God and exposes him to the deepest tragedy that man is capable of. Despite all these struggles, Eliezer maintains his devotion to his father. Although very similar to the author’s own story, Elizer’s story represents the experience of hundreds of thousands of teenagers in the Holocaust.PlotIn general, Night is very easy to read and easy to keep up with. The difficult part is remembering all the German vocabulary. Night presents some difficult events for the character and they were difficult to read as well. First, Eliezer and his family are taken from their home and forced into cattle cars on a train. The doors are nailed shut and there’s barely room to stand as the train takes them on a journey to Birkenau and Auschwitz. Second, Eliezer and his father are ripped from their family and watch as his sister and mother are taken towards the gas chambers. Third, Eliezer is forced to work and watch as other prisoners are killed. Eliezer doesn’t know if he’ll be able to make it out of the camps alive, but he works to keep himself and his father alive every day.
As a Jewish boy living during the Holocaust, there is going to be a lot of conflict. The first conflict you see is man vs. society (Eliezer vs. Nazi Germany). The Nazis and Fascists take over Hungary and ship the Jews to the concentration camps. Inside, Eliezer struggles with seeing his family taken from him and watching another people treat everyone so badly. The second is man vs. Self as Eliezer struggles with his own beliefs and whether or not there truly is a God watching out for the Jews if he can allow them to be treated this way. Third, the conflict turns to man vs. man as Eliezer struggles to keep his father alive even though his father is giving up hope. Eliezer never dreamed that he would have to go trough this conflict. Will he be able to get through the Holocaust alive?
Eliezer’s struggle with his faith is a dominant conflict in Night. At the beginning of the work, his faith in God is absolute. When asked why he prays to God, he answers, “Why did I pray? . . . Why did I live? Why did I breathe?” His belief in an omnipotent, benevolent God is unconditional, and he cannot imagine living without faith in a divine power. But this faith is shaken by his experience during the Holocaust.Conclusion
Night will have you hooked from the first page. Each page sheds new light on the Holocaust and the struggles that the Jewish people went through. I could not put this book down and I think any reader would have the same reaction. Eliezer’s life and struggles as his very faith is put on the line. Will Eliezer survive the camps? Will he be able to stay with his father? Will he lose everything he holds dear? You’ll only be able to find the answers to these questions if you read Night by Elie Wiesel. Historical Background
The novel Night is set during the second World War and the Holocaust. It shows the tragedies and hardships the Jewish people went through in the concentration camps. Night is about Eliezer, a fifteen-year old boy who is sent to the concentration camps with his family. He must learn to survive in a place that is foreign to him and in an environment where animals are treated with more respect and kindness than he is. Eliezer must struggle to keep himself and his father together and alive until the Allies can free him.
About the Author
Elie Wiesel was born in 1928 in what is now Hungary. Wiesel and his family were Orthodox Jews living during the time of the Holocaust. Elie and his entire family were sent to the concentration camps where he was the only one to make it out alive. While painful to remember, Elie has written about his experiences in the camps in several novels including Night.

Wiesel, Elie. Night. New York: Hill and Wang: A Division of Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2006. Print

Joe Student
Mr. Schuster—Language Arts