Analysis Of La Sheding Light On Night By Elie Wiesel

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Samantha Navarrete

Mrs. Joanne Treffner


1 June 2015

Shedding Light on Night

“The opposite of love is not hate. It is indifference.” -Mal Pancoast

Elie Wiesel would definitely have agreed with Mrs. Pancoast. Almost seventy years have passed since the liberation of Buchenwald in 1945 when Elie Wiesel was released from the clenches of the Nazi Germany concentration camp. Through the hardships and devastating conditions. Elie Wiesel survived to write his heart wrenching memoir La Nuit (Night) as a tattered memory of the horrific nature of human hatred.

Born on September 30, 1928, in Sighet, Transylvania (now part of Romania), Elie

Wiesel was born into a family of four (later five, counting his little sister, Tzipora) ("Elie
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This camp alone was responsible for more than six million lives, almost all of which were German Jews. Of his relatives, only he and two of his sisters survived ("Elie Wiesel Biography."). His father passed selection, a brutal and heartless decision made by S.S. officers on who would live and die by a mere flick of their finger, but died before he could be liberated, and his mother and younger sister, Tzipora, did not pass. “I didn 't know that this was the moment in time and the place where I was leaving my mother and Tzipora forever. (Wiesel, 29)”. Wiesel lived in the camps under deplorable, inhumane conditions, gradually starving with each passing day ("Elie Wiesel Biography."). Wiesel may very well not have survived had it not been for the motivation and the constant prompting from his father to do so. Wiesel and his father spent nearly a year before, almost weeks after his father 's death, he was set free. After the liberation of the camps in April 1945, Wiesel spent a few years in a French orphanage where he was reunited with his older sisters, Hilda and Bea. It was on the urging of Catholic writer Francois Mauriac, the 1952 Nobel Laureate in Literature, that Elie wrote about his experiences in the death camps. The result was his internationally acclaimed memoir …show more content…
His novels include L 'Aube (Dawn) and Le Jour (The Accident), which are semi-autobiographical works dealing with Holocaust survivors ("Elie Wiesel Bio."). Night by Elie Wiesel was published by FARRAR, STRAUS AND GIROUX in 2006 (translation by Marion Wiesel) and 146 pages long. However the original was in French, La Nuit de Elie Wiesel was originally published by Les Editions de Minust in 1958. Before the introduction of his book, Wiesel provides an author’s note which includes an insight on why he wrote his

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