Elie Wiesel's "Night"

Resource Kit by
Charlotte Werbe

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Elie Wiesel’s memoir Night (1960) is arguably one of the most important contributions to Holocaust memorialization. This moving account tells the story of Wiesel and his father’s experiences in two concentration camps: Auschwitz and Buchenwald. Night was first penned in Yiddish under the title ...Un di velt hot geshvign (...And the World Remained Silent), and it was published in 1956 in Buenos Aires as part of Dos poylishe yidntum (Polish Jewry), a 175-volume series of Yiddish memoirs of Poland and the war. Since then, it has been translated into thirty languages, and it is frequently taught in American high school English classes. Wiesel has been internationally recognized for promoting Holocaust awareness and, in 1986, he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. This kit offers resources for teaching Night in its sociohistorical and literary contexts, for close-reading and analyzing specific passages, and, more broadly, for introducing students to Holocaust testimonial literature.

Cover image: Photograph of the Auschwitz I gate, photographer and date unknown.