What two things in the novel Night, by Elie Wiesle, stuck out the most to you? Why will you remember it forever?
There are so many powerful scenes in the novel Night by Elie Wiesle that it is difficult to pick the two that are the most powerful. This biographical novel of horror and death of the Holocaust is one of the most moving books I have ever read.
My first response would have to be when Cholom Wiesel is so ill and near death. He begs his son for water. Eliezer, who was so devoted to his father at the beginning of their internment is now growing resentful of the constant demand on him. He is resentful of giving his father his food and his water. He wants to refuse his dad and at one point wishes him to die. He tries to justify his desire to refuse water and nourishment by telling himself that his father will be dead soon anyway. In the end he gives in and does not withhold his rations or water. I think I will remember this all my life because I am an adult caregiver. I have been caring for my mother for 12 years and I often feel that resentment. I reflect on what Eliezer and Cholom had to go through and my life isn't so bad.
My second memory of Night, even though this happens earlier in the novel, would be when Eliezer and his father are separated from his mother and sister; wife and daughter. I am adopted. I was lucky enough to be adopted with my twin sister, but I was separated from my mother and did not know my father. I have spent my life wondering what became of my family that gave me up. I can only imagine how Eliezer Wiesel felt wondering what had become of his mother and sister.
"The guards order the men and women to separate, and Eliezer is parted from his mother and little sister forever. He and his father see little children being burned alive and Eliezer realizes that he will never forget the sight".
The part that stands out the most to me is near the beginning, when Moishe the Beadle tells the story of how the Nazis threw babies up in the air and shot them with machine guns. Every time I read the book, that part makes me sick.
It's hard to narrow it down to just two.
Towards the beginning when it talks about the first group of prisoners are taken to the woods by the Nazis to dig their own graves and that babies are thrown into the air and used for target practice. That one is even difficult for me to type it is so utterly unimaginable and horrific.
When Ellie withholds food from his own father-it shows how desperate the situation was.
When Ellie sees himself for the first time in a mirror after he is freed.
When Ellie and his father are separated from his mother and Tzipora (who does not survive).
When it is described that a young man in the camp has to put people who have been gassed into the ovens; this includes the young man's own father.
The tap at the Wiesel's house the night before they are moved to the camps that might have saved them.
The Beadle that no one believes- how no one believed it could happen.
When one of the "train" passengers is described as having a "death rattle".
The whole book is one long image burned in my memory forever; it is so powrful.