Eliezer - the stand-in for the memoirs author,
Elie Wiesel the Holocaust robs him of his faith in God
and exposes him to the deepest inhumanity of which
man is capable. Despite many tests of his humanity,
however, Eliezer maintains his
Elie Wiesel was born on September 30, 1928, in Sighet
Wiesels Orthodox Jewish family was highly observant of Jewish
His father was a shopkeeper and very involved with the Jewish
Jewish section of town is called the shtet
Night is narrated by Eliezer, a Jewish teenager who
lives in his hometown of Sighet, in Hungarian
His teacher, Moshe the Beadle, is deported. In a few
months, Moshe returns, telling a horrifying tale: the
Gestapo (the German
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1.Why doesn't Eliezer's father want him to study mysticism at such a young age?
He wants his son to study the basics of Judaism, before entering "a world fraught with peril."
2. Why does Moishe reappear in Sighet after being dep
World War I: Since Germany was viewed as the aggressor in the war, its representatives were not permitted to
attend the treaty negotiations, and the politicians who did attend were not very forgiving of Germany's role in the
Treaty of Versa
1. Does a sense of hope about the future always mean danger for Wiesel and his father?
Hope about the future for them does not always mean danger. Having hope is what kept them strong
enough to fight through the tragedy.
2. Can optimism still be dangerous
Night Study Guide Answers
1. Who was Moshe the Beadle?
Moshe was the caretaker at the Hasidic synagogue.
2. What does Wiesel tell the reader of Moshe?
He was poor and lived humbly. He was physically awkward and a dreamer
who could appear to be so insignif