Describe the synagogue in which Elie and his family were forced to spend the night in Night, by Elie Wiesel.  

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In Night, by Elie Wiesel, the day before Elie and his family and friends were to be deported, they were taken to the local synagogue. Elie described the place of worship as a "huge station: luggage and tears." (Wiesel 19) The Nazis had destroyed much of what had been inside. The bimah (altar) was broken, all of the wall hangings had been ripped from their places, leaving the walls empty. So many Jews were crammed into the building, it was difficult to breathe. Men and women were divided onto the different floors, and since there were no bathrooms available, people had to relieve themselves in the corners of the rooms. The Jews of Sighet spent the entire night there, waiting for the next part of their horrific journey to Auschwitz.