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Locate examples of the word "night" in the text, discussing its contextual use in Night.

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When the deportees have been jammed into the railway cars and the train has begun transporting them to Auschwitz, Mrs. Schachter, a woman who is thought to have gone out of her mind, sees a fire in the distance, in the countryside outside the moving car:

"Look. Look at this fire! This terrible fire! Have mercy on me!"
Some pressed against the bars to see. There was nothing, only the darkness of night. [Marion Wiesel trans., p. 25]

The fire Mrs. Schachter sees is a prophesy of the crematoria at Auschwitz. Only she can see it; the other deportees see nothing but the night. In some sense the total darkness of night is just as ominous as the vision of fire. When the train arrives, first at Birkenau, the deportees see the flames from the crematorium, rising into the black sky.

In front of us, those flames. In the air, the smell of burning flesh. It must have been around midnight. We had arrived. In Birkenau. [p. 28]

These references to night and darkness are so striking at these crucial points...

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