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Explain the theme of identity in Night by Elie Wiesel.

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Night by Elie Wiesel recalls the author's experiences in the concentration camps during World War II. The author was fifteen and sixteen years old. After ten years away from the experience, Wiesel was able to write his recollections of the horrific time that he spent with his father in the camps.

A major theme in the story is the loss of identity which begins in Wiesel’s home town:

First edict: Jews were prohibited from leaving their residences for three days, under penalty of death.
The same day, the Hungarian police burst into every Jewish home in town: a Jew was henceforth forbidden to own gold, jewelry, or any valuables. Everything had to be handed over to the authorities, under penalty of death.
Three days later, a new decree: every Jew had to wear the yellow star.

In the beginning of the story, Wiesel was a typical teenage boy of the times.  His Jewish faith was his life’s blood.  When he enters the concentration camps, the Nazis begin to strip away every part of his identity .  His...

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