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Night written by Larry Watson Eliezer Wiesel His life until he was Liberated at the end of World War II Eliezer Wiesel was born on September 30 1928 He grew up with his parents and his three sisters Hilda Bea and Tzipora in Sighet a small town in Romania While he was growing up everything around him was to do with family religious studies Community and God When he was only three years old Elie went to a Jewish school where he learned Hebrew Bible and the Talmud He spent a lot of time talking with Moche the Beadle who told him about the Messiah and mysteries of Judaism In 1940 the Nazis took over Sighet and in 1942 the Hungarian government said that all Jews who could not prove that they were Hungarian would be taken to Poland which was also held by the Nazis Moche the Beadle was sent to Poland but he escaped and came back to Sighet to warn everyone of the danger but everyone thought he was crazy In 1942 Elie had his Barmitzvah He still studied the Bible and other Jewish books and became more interested to the Kabbalah which is Jewish mysticism In March 1944 German soldiers took over Sighet They forced the Jews to wear yellow stars The Nazis closed all Jewish businesses raided their houses and made up two ghettos By May the deportations began The Wiesels servant offered them to hide with her in her hut in the mountains but they turned her down In early June Elies family were in the last group of Jews to be loaded into a cattle train After four days the train stopped at Auschwitz Elie told the waiting SS officer that he was eighteen a farmer and in good health He and his father were sent to be workers His mother and Tzipora were taken to the gas chambers Elie and his father
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