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About the Author

About Elie Wiesel and his book Night.

For more biographical Information about Elie Wiesel and his life before and after the Holocaust follow the link.

Interview with Elie Wiesel

 

Background

The Holocaust

Link to the United States Holocaust Museum,

Honorary chair- Eli Wiesel

Judaism

Information about Judaism

Glossary of Jewish Terms

Orthodox Jews

A trailer from the film of the Chaim Potok novel The Chosen, depicting Orthodox jews in Brooklyn.

About the Novel

A terrifying account of the Nazi death camp horror that turns a young Jewish boy into an agonized witness to the death of his family...the death of his innocence...and the death of his God. Penetrating and powerful, as personal as The Diary Of Anne FrankNight awakens the shocking memory of evil at its absolute and carries with it the unforgettable message that this horror must never be allowed to happen again.

Study Guides

Spark Notes study Guide

Covering plot, characters, themes etc

Reviews of Night

Night by Eli Wiesel – literature reviews

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Night (translated into English in 1960) - Elie Wiesel

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The Chosen- Chaim Potok  

The story takes place over a period of six years, beginning in 1944 when the protagonists, one orthodox and one from a more liberal background, are fifteen years old. It is set against the backdrop of the historical events of the time:  the end of World War II, the revelation of the Holocaust in Europe, and the struggle for the creation of the state of Israel.

 

Oprah Winfrey Interview with Elie Wiesel

This special presentation of the Oprah Winfrey show was first 

Quotes

A link to some detailed quotes from the text

Good reads

“For the dead and the living, we must bear witness.” 

Elie Wiesel

 Night - Elie Wiesel

“I told him that I did not believe that they could burn people in our age, that humanity would never tolerate it . . .”

“Bread, soup - these were my whole life. I was a body. Perhaps less than that even: a starved stomach. The stomach alone was aware of the passage of time.” 

“The world? The world is not interested in us. Today, everything is possible, even the crematoria...” 
“To forget the dead would be akin to killing them a second time.” 

“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 those moments which murdered my God and my soul and turned my dreams to dust. Never shall I forget these things, even if I am condemned to live as long as God Himself. Never.”

That night, the soup tasted of corpses.”

“His cold eyes stared at me. At last, he said wearily: "I have more faith in Hitler than in anyone else. He alone has kept his promises, all his promises, to the Jewish people.”

“I pray to the God within me that He will give me the strength to ask Him the right questions.”

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