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Genocide Awareness Month: Revisiting Night
Overview

Night, Elie Wiesel's compelling account of his experiences in the Auschwitz and Buchenwald concentration camps during World War II, is a powerful learning tool for students, especially in dealing with such a difficult topic as genocide. In his moving and raw account of life in the concentration camps, Wiesel struggles with issues of faith, mankind's inhumanity, and survival. Night is considered a seminal work on the Holocaust given its candid depictions of daily life in the concentration camps and the observations of the central protagonist regarding his views on God, humanity, and human relationships. What can we learn from Night? Is it possible to put an end to genocide?

Use the Instruction and our Literature Connections on Night in the drop-down menu on the left to guide students' library or classroom research into the atrocities of the Holocaust. Literature Connections provide readers with the historical background for such definitive works as Night, helping students make connections between history and the text through essential questions and multiple scholar perspectives. The Background Essay traces the plot of Night, describing the central protagonist's experiences during the Holocaust and his observations throughout. The scholar perspectives look at the use of darkness as a metaphor in Wiesel's work and how Night speaks to the human condition through its documentation of the Holocaust.

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