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Night Elie Wiesel Holocaust Even this word alone can dredge up ominous feelings of dread Such a terrible thing that happened we might say The truth of the matter is we cannot even begin to fathom the true depths of the events that took place during that time period Elie Wiesel has tried to give life to these sensations in his book titled Night The autobiography opens in the town of Signet Translyvania at the time of WW II His Jewish mother and father raised Elie here with his two sisters He was a school boy interested in the secrets of Jewish mysticism Wiesel 3 His life seemed good however it is not until German troops enter Hungarian territory that life would change for the Jews of Signet On Passover the persecution of these Jews begins This is when German soldiers begin giving the Jews rules to follow Some of these were that they had to give all valuables over to the Germans they also had to wear a yellow star at all times and they were forbidden to go to re staurants travel attend synagogue or go out after six oclock Soon the Jews were placed in ghettos The Jewish people of Signet tried to look at it positively and saw it as A Little Jewish Republic Wiesel 9 They only stayed there until they were taken away to the Concentration Camps When Elie and his family arrived at the concentration camp in Birkenau they heard the words From this moment you come under the authority of the German army Wiesel 21 People were being separated Men to the left Women to the right Wiesel 27 This is when Elie and his father were separated from his mother and sisters whom he later found out had been killed They had to lie about their ages in order to stay alive and together At this point their pride and hope was practically
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