In Night, how long were author Elie Wiesel and his father at Auschwitz, and where did they go after that?  

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thetall eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Eliezer and his father stayed in Auschwitz for three weeks before being moved to Buna. The Jews of Sighet were taken from their homes in 1944 at the height of the Second World War. They were among the Jews subjected to torture and genocide during the Holocaust by the German Nazis under Hitler.

The Jews of Sighet remained oblivious to atrocities committed against their community by the Nazis in other regions until they were deported from their home. They faced the realities of the Holocaust after they arrived in Birkenau and experienced the horror of the crematoria that welcomed them at the camp. Men were separated from women, and the elderly and children were burned at the crematoria as the rest of the prisoners watched.

The prisoners did not stay long at Birkenau before being moved to Auschwitz, which looked better than Birkenau because it had concrete structures. Life at Auschwitz was not too tasking, and the prisoners spent most of their time resting and walking around the camp. However, the situation did not last long because the prisoners were moved to other camps where they worked under extreme conditions.

kathik eNotes educator| Certified Educator

In Elie Wiesel's Night, Elie and his family were first taken to Birkenau, the reception center for Auschwitz, one of the notoriously terrible death camps during the Holocaust. Elie and his father then stayed at Auschwitz for about three weeks before they were marched to another camp with many other prisoners. The next camp in which they were imprisoned was Buna. At Buna, Elie, along with his father and other prisoners, worked at an electrical warehouse during the day and returned to the camp in the evening. Though their supervisor was prone to violent outbursts and often attacked one or more of his charges, this was considered a good unit, so Elie thought himself lucky. Imagine conditions so horrible that working for a crazy man, who might beat him at any minute, made Elie feel "lucky"!  It was a terrible time in our history.

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