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Short Summary Eliezer Wiesel is a fourteen-year-old boy living in Sighet Transylvania at the start of World War II He is very devout and wants to study Jewish mysticism His father who is a prominent leader of the Jewish community thinks that he is too young Nevertheless Eliezer starts studying the cabbala with Moch the Beadle a poor and humble man who works in the Hasidic temple Moch teaches him that he must seek to ask God the right questions even though we will never understand the answers he gives us Despite ominous signs the Jews in Sighet refuse to believe that the Fascists could ever do anything to hurt them Moch is deported along with other non-Hungarians and taken to a concentration camp He manages to escape and comes back to warn the townspeople of the atrocities that he has seen They refuse to believe him however and think that he is either insane or just wants attention People continue on in their normal everyday lives through 1943 In 1944 the townspeople remain foolishly optimistic even after the Fascists come to power Germany invades Hungary and the German army itself arrives in Sighet Eliezers father refuses to try to escape the country On Passover the persecution of the Jews begins Jews are first forbidden from leaving their homes for three days required to wear the yellow star and then crowded into two ghettos Even among the ghettos people carry on as normal until one day when Eliezers father is unexpectedly summoned to a meeting of the Jewish Council He returns bearing bad news all Jews will be deported Eliezer goes to wake up the neighbors and everyone begins to pack in preparation for the upcoming journey The first convoy of deported prisoners is kept standing in the middle of the hot courtyard and Eliezer and others run to bring the parched individuals water Eliezers family is scheduled to leave in the
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