In Night by Elie Wiesel, what does Eliezer tell us about the town, community and home that defined his childhood? 

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In Night, by Elie Wiesel, Elie begins by telling us a little about the town where he began his life. He lived in a small town named Sighet in Transylvania. Elie writes that the people there "...though they would help the poor, were not particularly fond of them." The town was one of religious Jews who attended the synagogue. Elie's family ran a small shop as did many of the residents there. Students studied, children played in the streets, and life seemed pretty good. Elie had three sisters, Hilda and Bea, who helped in the shop, and Tzipora, who was the baby of the family. Elie's place was at school. In the evening the family, like many others, listened to the radio and heard news out of London. Even though the war was going on and Hitler was making strides, the Jews of Sighet felt they were safe in their little community.