Night

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Night represents the worst periods of suffering during Eliezer's experience of the Holocaust. In Sighet, the Jews learn of their deportation at night. Eliezer arrives at Birkenau at night. The death march to Gleiwitz happens at night. At Buchenwald, his father is taken away during the night. Night also symbolizes the hole—the absence—left in Eliezer's life as a religious person who comes to a personal realization that God does not exist.
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Chapter 1
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One night, Eliezer's father is hurriedly summoned to a meeting of the Jewish council. Neighbors gather at... (full context)
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All night the Jews in the ghetto prepare themselves for a journey to an unknown destination. In... (full context)
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That night, according to Eliezer, no one prays. The next day, people try to feel hopeful. They... (full context)
Chapter 2
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...mind. Her youngest son tries to comfort her as she cries hysterically. On the third night of the journey, she screams that she can see a fire and wakes everyone up. (full context)
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At night, the train moves into the camp. Madame Schächter again screams about flames, but this time... (full context)
Chapter 3
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...ordered back to the barracks. The narrator says he will never forget that first horrible night, "which has turned my life into one long night." He will never forget the faces... (full context)
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Lying on their beds at night during this period, the prisoners listen to a man named Akiba Drumer sing religious songs.... (full context)
Chapter 7
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The train goes on through the night. When light comes, Eliezer is unable to tell who is alive and who is dead... (full context)
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...wonders why the Nazis don't just shoot them. The train arrives at Buchenwald late at night and the living disembark. Meir Katz stays with the dead on the train. (full context)