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Night - Summary Note Although Night is not necessarily a memoir--as discussed in the Overall Analysis and Themes section--I will often refer to it as a memoir since that is the genre which closest approaches the mixture of testimony deposition and emotional truth-telling that is in Night Finally it is clear that Eliezer is meant to serve to a great extent as the author Elie Weisels surrogate and representative With alterations of minor details what happens to Eliezer is what happened to Weisel himself during the Holocaust Please bear in mind however that there is a difference between the persona of Nights narrator Eliezer and that of the author Elie Weisel Night is narrated by Eliezer a Hungarian Jewish teenager At the books opening Eliezer is studying the Cabbala Jewish mysticism His instruction is cut short however when his teacher Moche the Beadle is deported In a few months Moche returns telling a horrifying tale The Gestapo German secret police had taken charge of his train led everybody into the woods and systematically butchered them Nobody believes Moche who is taken for a lunatic In the spring of 1944 the Nazis occupy Hungary Not long afterwards after a series of increasingly repressive measures are passed the Jews of Eliezers town are herded onto cattle cars A nightmarish journey ensues after days and nights crammed into the car exhausted and near starvation the passengers arrive at Birkenau the gateway to Auschwitz On Eliezers arrival in Birkenau he and his father are separated from his mother and sisters whom they never see again They soon endure the first of many selections that will occur throughout the memoir the Jews are evaluated to determine whether they should be killed immediately or put to work Eliezer and his father seem to pass the evaluation but before they are brought to the prisoners barracks they stumble upon the open-pit furnaces
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