That rationale can range from teaching it simply because it was a watershed event in history to teaching it as an example of narrative writing about a historical event.
The Kapos were beating us again, but I no longer felt the pain. A glacial wind was enveloping us. We were naked, holding our shoes and belts. After a few minutes of running, a new barrack.
A barrel of foul-smelling liquid stood by the door. Everybody soaked in it. Then came a hot shower. As we left the showers, we were chased outside.
And ordered to run some more. Mountains of prison garb.
As we ran, they threw the clothes at us: In a few seconds, we had ceased to be men. Had the situation not been so tragic, we might have laughed. We looked pretty strange! We immediately started to switch.
I glanced over at my father. How changed he looked! His eyes were veiled. The night had passed completely. The morning star shone in the sky. I too had become a different person.
The student of Talmud, the child I was, had been consumed by the flames. All that was left was a shape that resembled me. My soul had been invaded—and devoured—by a black flame. So many events had taken place in just a few hours that I had completely lost all notion of time. When had we left our homes?
Only a week ago? How long had we been standing in the freezing wind? Surely it was a dream. Not far from us, prisoners were at work. Some were digging holes, others were carrying sand.
None as much as glanced at us. We were withered trees in the heart of the desert. Behind me, people were talking. I had no desire to listen to what they were saying, or to know who was speaking and what about.
Nobody dared raise his voice, even though there was no guard around. Perhaps because of the thick smoke that poisoned the air and stung the throat.Elie Wiesel, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in , was born in the provincial town of Sighet, Romania on September 30, A Jewish community had existed there since , when it sought refuge from an outbreak of pogroms and persecution in Ukraine.
Ahrian Elevado ELA B30 23 January Mrs. Targerson This novel consists of Elie Wiesel's horrifying experiences in concentration camps for the duration of his life during the Holocaust. I watched his interview with Oprah and before I read the book and what really made me rethink my values was this quote, "The death of one child makes no sense, the death of 's of thousands is unspeakable,"or something like that.
At certain moments—during his first night in the camp and during the hanging of the pipel—Eliezer does grapple with his faith, but his struggle should not be confused with a complete abandonment of his faith. In Night () and All Rivers Run to the Sea (), Wiesel details camp life and the caprices of fate that saved ten to fifteen percent for enforced labor and destroyed others, sometimes whole convoys.
After a midnight arrival, he joined his father in the men's line; his mother and sisters followed the women to separate confines.
When talking about Elie Wiesel, who turns 85 on Sept. 30, it is far too easy to fall into a list of superlatives. As a child who survived Auschwitz and other concentration camps, Wiesel witnessed.