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Chapter 1 They called him Moch the Beadle Summary Night opens with a brief description of a poor man named Moch the Beadle who lives in the narrators hometown of Sighet Transylvania modern-day Romania at the time that the novel opens the town is under Hungarian control Moch is generally well liked works in the Hasidic synagogue and is a very pious and humble individual In 1941 when he is twelve the narrator Eliezer Wiesel wants to study the cabbala a form of Jewish mysticism but his father tells him that he is too young In this passage we learn that Eliezers father is highly regarded in the Jewish community and pays more attention to outside matters than to family ones we also learn that Eliezer has two older sisters Hilda and Ba and a younger one Tzipora Despite his fathers lack of support Eliezer decides to study the cabbala anyway and chooses Moch as his teacher Moch teaches him not to search for answers from God but rather to try to ask the right questions One day Moch and other non-Hungarian Jews are deported by Hungarian police but the incident is forgotten by the other Jews and dismissed as a normal wartime practice Several months later Moch returns having escaped from a concentration camp in Poland He tries to warn the townspeople of the atrocities that he has seen but no one believes him Everyone thinks he is trying to win sympathy or has simply gone insane He tells Eliezer that he miraculously survived the concentration camps in order to save the Jews in Sighet but life continues on as normal during 1942 and 1943 Eliezer devotes himself to his religious studies his father busies himself in the Jewish community and his mother tries to find a husband for Hilda In the spring of 1944 people believe that the Germans will soon be defeated by the Russians and no one believes that
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