Night Pages 28-46

Who says the following (hint- this is not a specific character, but instead is a member of a group of officers in Auschwitz):
"Men to the left. Women to the right.

An SS officer in Auschwitz

Which character says the following:
"All I could think of was not to lose him. Not to remain alone.


Which two characters are told to lie about their ages?
"No. You're eighteen."
"But I'm not," I said. "I'm fifteen."
"Fool. Listen to what I say."
Then he asked my father, who answered:
"I'm fifty."
"No." The man now sounded angry. "Not fifty. Y

Elie and his father

Which SS officer was holding the baton and making the selection decisions?
"He was holding a conductor's baton and was surrounded by officers. The baton was moving constantly, sometimes to the right, sometimes to the left... The baton pointed to the left.

Dr. Mengele

Which character says the following:
"Excuse me...Could you tell me where the
toilets are located?

Elie's father

Who says the following:
"Comrades, you are now in the concentration camp Auschwitz. Ahead of you lies a long road paved with suffering. Don't
lose hope. You have already eluded the worst danger: the selection. Therefore, muster your strength and keep your

The young Pole, the prisoner in charge of Elie's bloc/barrack

Which character says the following:
"I heard people say that a transport had arrived from your region and I came to look for you. I thought you might have
some news of Reizel and my two small boys who stayed in

Stein (husband of Elie's mom's niece)

Which character says the following:
"Some of the men spoke of God: His mysterious ways, the sins
of the Jewish people, and the redemption to come. As for me, I
had ceased to pray. I concurred with Job! I was not denying His
existence, but I doubted His ab


What does Adolf Hitler look like?

What part of the world does Night take place in?


What do the Nazi SS officers look like?

What did the prison uniforms in the Auschwitz look like?

They were stripped jacket and pants.

What does Auschwitz look like?

What is the job of a Sonderkomando?

He is a concentration camp prisoner whose job is to collect the dead prisoners' bodies and put them in the crematorium to cremate them.

Why does Eliezer say that he left behind his "illusions," along with his belongings, when he got out of the train at Auschwitz? What "illusions" is he referring to?

When the Jews of Sighet got off the train, they weren't allowed to take any of their valuables. But along with their valuables, they left behind all of the "lies" they told themselves to think everything will be ok. They are stepping out of the train and

Wiesel writes, "Eight words spoken quietly, indifferently, without emotion. Eight simple, short words. Yet that was the moment when I left my mother." What words is he speaking of? Why does he emphasize them? What does this moment reveal about the world o

Men to the left. Women to the right" (29). These words spoken by the Nazi SS separated Elie and his mom forever. His mother and sister are sent straight to the gas chambers to be killed. These were the last words he heard in the presence of his mother, a

How do the veteran inmates and others imprisoned in the camp treat the new arrivals? How do you account for their attitudes and actions?

The majority of veteran inmates treat Elie and his father very harshly. They tell Elie and his dad that they are going to die and they yell at Elie and his dad. The veteran inmates do not try to help them. Maybe the inmates are mad that the world doesn't

How do the Germans orchestrate the arrival of new prisoners at Auschwitz? What are some of the key stages of this process? What is its purpose?

Stage 1 = Jews put through initial selection
Stage 2 = Jews strip and only keep their belts and shoes
Stage 3 = Jews go to the barber to shave the Jews' heads.
Stage 4 = Jews are washed with disinfectant and shower and given a prison uniform
Stage 5 = SS

Why do you think the Germans take away the inmates' personal belongings? Their clothing? Why do they cut off their hair and tattoo a number on each person's arm? What effect does this process have on Eliezer? How do you think it affects the German guards?

The Nazi SS make the prisoners go through this process to dehumanize them, to take away their humanity and treat them like a number or an animal. This dehumanization in the eyes of the Nazi SS allows them to kill without emotion or care. If the Nazi SS do

How does Eliezer respond when his father is beaten for the first time? How does that response affect the way he sees himself?

Elie didn't do anything. He just sat back and watched as the Gyspsy beat his father. .Elie knew that if he fought back, he would also be beat, so he didn't do anything. Elie is upset at himself for not doing anything. All of his strength is gone. The fear

Where in this section of the text do you see evidence of humanity in Auschwitz, despite the Nazi policies and practices of dehumanization?

The young Pole who is in charge of Elie's bloc treats the prisoners with kindness and humanity. He tells them to work together and not lose hope. He treats them like human beings and not animals or numbers. The young Pole states, "And now, here is a praye

Which character said the following:
"I felt anger rising within me. Why should I
sanctify His name? The Almighty, the eternal and terrible Master
of the Universe, chose to be silent. What was there to thank
Him for?


Which character said the following:
"What a shame, a shame that you did not go with your
mother...I saw many children your age go with their mothers...

Elie's father

Which character(s) says the following:
"Over there, that's where they will take you. Over there will be
your grave. You still don't understand? You sons of bitches. Don't
you understand anything? You will be burned! Burned to a cinder! Turned into ashes!

Veteran inmates (inmates who have been in Auschwitz for a while)