Early in Night, Elie Wiesel describes his father as someone who seems to care about others in the community more than his family. Wiesel writes,
"My father was a cultured, rather unsentimental man. There was never any display of emotion, even at home. He was more concerned with others than with his own family." (Wiesel 2)
Elie's father was a no-nonsense kind of man--someone who was very respected in the community of Sighet, where they lived before the Nazis came. The Wiesels had a shop where Elie's parents and sisters worked, but Elie was required to go to school. When Mr. Wiesel was not working, he was attending to matters in the village.
Later, Elie's father becomes a shadow of his former self. The constant torment in the camps beats him down, and he becomes very weak. He is no longer the strong man Elie knew before they were imprisoned. This is one of the hardest things for Elie to witness--the breaking of his father.