Night Paper

Topics: Rosh Hashanah, Shofar, Yom Kippur Pages: 6 (1863 words) Published: December 9, 2012
Night Journal Entry
Journal Written by Samir Naqvi
Book written by Elie Wiesel

Chapter Read- 11/18/12
Activity Done- 11/19/12
Chapter 1 Activity- Discussion Question
As absurd as flying pigs
This title is saying that Moshe’s story is so absurd it is as absurd as flying pigs.

Would you believe Moshe’s story of them having people digging there on grave if you were a normal Jew in Sighet?

Yes, I would because he is our leader and I don’t think he could deceive us like that. Although at first it would sound completely absurd that they killed Jews and had them dig their own grave. He couldn’t have made up that story; instead I would take it as a sign and move out as soon as I could.

Chapter Read- 11/18/12
Activity Done- 11/19/12
Chapter 2 Activity- Research a topic
As terrible as Ivan
The cattle cars were very harsh and were terrible just like Ivan hence the name Ivan the Terrible Cattle Cars-
Ellis, Rabbi E. "The Trains." Aishcom. N.p., 31 Dec. 1999. Web. 21 Nov. 2012. <>. Dawidowiicz, Lucy S. "Holocaust Train." Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, 15 Nov. 2012. Web. 21 Nov. 2012. <>.

* The Final Solution could not have happened without the railways, without the trains making the mass transport possible. * The people were lulled into a false security. They were told that they were going to different places, better conditions, work camps, on and on and on. * The floor of the car had a layer of quick lime which burned the feet of the human cargo. * There was no water. There was no food. There was no toilet, no ventilation. * Some boxcars had up to 150 people stuffed into them. It did not matter if it was summer, winter, boiling hot or freezing cold. And an average transport took about four and a half days. * The longest trip of the cattle cars was, from Corfu it took 18 days. When the train got to the camps and the doors were opened, everyone was already dead.

Chapter Read- 11/19/12
Activity Done- 11/19/12
Chapter 3 Activity- Analyze a quote
As stunning as Hurricane Katrina
The whole thing is stunning to him the cable cars and the selection and all of that; he had never expected it just like nobody expected Hurricane Katrina

“Never shall I forget that night, the first night in camp, which has turned my life into one long night, seven times cursed and seven times sealed. Never shall I forget that smoke. Never shall I forget the little faces of the children, whose bodies I saw turned into wreaths of smoke beneath a silent blue sky. Never shall I forget those flames which consumed my faith forever. Never shall I forget that nocturnal silence which deprived me, for all eternity, of the desire to live. Never shall I forget those moments which murdered my God and my soul and turned my dreams to dust. Never shall I forget these things, even if I am condemned to live as long as God Himself. Never.”

This quote stands out, because Eliezer doesn’t follow his pattern of telling his story. Instead, he is reflecting upon surviving the first selection at Birkenau and how it affected his life forever. He is trying to get across that if not for that first night he couldn’t tell his story he would be dead. Also, it shows that he has kind of lost his faith in god. Just as he is never able to forget the horror of “that night,” he is never able to reject completely his heritage and his religion by claiming that his faith is utterly destroyed, yet at the same time says that he will never forget these things even if he lives as long as God Himself

Chapter Read- 11/19/12
Activity Done- 11/20/12
Chapter 4 Activity- Disagree/agree with a decision
As stupid as a donkey
The title says as stupid as a donkey because she was stupid not to give his teeth up and donkeys are not the most...
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