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Night

The holocaust through the eyes of a survivor

The Holocaust slithered in like a deadly snake, persuasive, unseen and thoroughly poisonous. It created the right conditions: then it pounced on its prey, suddenly. The Night tells the story of Eiezel, a Romanian Jew, deported as a child to the German concentration camps, victim - like millions of other human beings - of a spiral of events that saw evil take over and then destroy everything that it means to be human: the body, the mind, the emotions, the spirit and faith, dignity, even life itself. From one concentration camp to another, from terrible living conditions to worse ones, until the final mockery of the evacuation: Eiezel loses his loved ones, he loses himself, and even loses God. It took years for him to find the courage to tell this story.

Night
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A short book becomes one of the most powerful testimonies about the Holocaust

The Night is one of many testimonies about a well-known atrocity. Yet, the singular and fragmented style of this autobiographical tale brings to life the outlines of a tragedy which we still struggle to believe, and one which is all too easy to dismiss as history.

  

The key ideas of "Night"

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A short book becomes one of the most powerful testimonies about the Holocaust
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How a small Transylvanian Jewish community lived their days under the impending threat of World War Two
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The deportation of foreign Jews
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How people manage to ignore something even when it is right before their eyes
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The arrival at Birkenau marked the end of the illusion
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From Birkenau to Auschwitz, the point of no return
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The unskilled workers stay put, but ultimately are headed for a new camp
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Eliezer’s faith is revoked
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Human beings never want to let go, even after so much inhumanity
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Towards the end: father and son still hope for freedom
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The evacuation is an escape from everything
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Buchenwald
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Quotes
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Take-home message
 
 
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