Elie Wieselc. To the disapproval of his father, Eliezer spends time discussing the Kabbalah with Moshe [a] the Beadlecaretaker of the Hasidic shtiebel house of prayer. In June the Hungarian government expelled Jews unable to prove their citizenship.
Section Two Summary Packed into cattle cars, the Jews are tormented by nearly unbearable conditions. There is almost no air to breathe, the heat is intense, there is no room to sit, and everyone is hungry and thirsty.
In their fear, the Jews begin to lose their sense of public decorum. Some men and women begin to flirt openly on the train as though they were alone, while others pretend not to notice. After days of travel in these inhuman conditions, the train arrives at the Czechoslovakian border, and the Jews realize that they are not simply being relocated.
A German officer takes official charge of the train, threatening to shoot any Jew who refuses to yield his or her valuables and to exterminate everybody in the car if anybody escapes. The doors to the car are nailed shut, further preventing escape. On the third night, she begins to scream that she sees a fire in the darkness outside the car.
Although no fire is visible, she terrifies the Jews in the car, who are reminded that they do not know what awaits them. Finally, she is tied up and gagged so that she cannot scream.
Her child, sitting next to her, watches and cries. The prisoners on the train find out, when the train eventually stops, that they have reached Auschwitz station.
This name means nothing to them, and they bribe some locals to get news. They are told that they have arrived at a labor camp where they will be treated well and kept together as families.
This news comes as a relief, and the prisoners let themselves believe, again, that all will be well. The train moves slowly and at midnight passes into an area enclosed by barbed wire.
Through the windows, everybody sees the chimneys of vast furnaces. There is a terrible, but undefined, odor in the air—what they soon discover is the odor of burning human flesh. By treating the Jews as less than human, the Nazis cause the Jews to act as if they were less than human—cruelty breeds cruelty, Wiesel demonstrates.
In the ghetto, Eliezer recounts, the Jews maintained their social cohesion, their sense of common purpose and common morality. Once robbed of their homes and treated like animals, however, they begin to act like animals.
The first hint of this dehumanized behavior on the part of the Jewish prisoners comes when some of the deportees, in the constraints of the cattle car, lose their modesty and sense of sexual inhibition. As the section progresses, the Jews become more and more depraved, overcome by their terror.
Wiesel suggests that one of the great psychological and moral tragedies of the Holocaust is not just the death of faith in God but also the death of faith in humankind. Not only does God fail to act justly and save the Jews from the cruel Nazis; the Nazis drive the Jews into cruelty, so that the Jews themselves fail to act justly.
Until the Jews experience the horrors of Auschwitz, they cannot believe that such horrors exist. One can imagine, then, how difficult it is to convince others of the atrocities committed by the Nazis.Published in English in , Elie Wiesel’s Night is an autobiographical account of his experience in the Nazi concentration camps of Auschwitz and Buchenwald from Wiesel was born in Sighet, Romania in , and raised in the Jewish faith.
He was just fifteen years old when he and his family were deported to Auschwitz II-Birkenau in . At the entrance to Auschwitz, Oprah stands in the spot Elie Wiesel began his dark journey into Night. "It is right here, on this railroad track, leading into the camp," she says, "that a young teenage boy arrived in a cattle car with his family, friends and neighbors." Up to people were packed.
Auschwitz concentration camp was a network of concentration and extermination camps built and operated by Nazi were deported to Auschwitz, at a rate of 12, a day for a considerable part of that period.
Elie Wiesel wrote about his own imprisonment at Auschwitz in Night () and other works, and became a prominent Operated by: Nazi Germany and the Schutzstaffel. The Auschwitz Main Camp (Auschwitz I) was established in as a concentration camp.
In , a killing center was established at Auschwitz-Birkenau (Auschwitz II). In , Auschwitz-Monowitz (Auschwitz III) was established as a forced labor camp and included among its inmates prisoners who worked for the I.G.
Farben synthetic rubber plant. During the Holocaust, concentration camp prisoners received tattoos only at one location, Auschwitz.
Incoming prisoners were assigned a camp serial number which was sewn to their prison uniforms. Only those prisoners selected for work were issued serial numbers; those prisoners sent directly to the gas chambers were not registered and received. Prisoners within the different concentration camps were assigned to do a whole range of different duties.
Some of these assigned duties were within the concentration camps, but the majority of them were outside of the camps, where they would work in one of the many factories, construction projects, farms, or coal mines, which were all owned by German companies.