Elie Wiesel Introduction to night
Brief Portrait of a Holocaust Survivor • Eliezer Wiesel was born on Sept. 30, 1928 in Sighet, Transylvania (Northern Romania) • Father, Shlomo, was a shopkeeper • Wiesel’s life revolved around family, religious study, community, and God • Mother, Sarah and three sisters • At 3 years old, Elie began learning Hebrew • At 12, he decided to study Cabala, the Jewish teachings • These teachings were only allowed to be given to men over 30 • Nazi forces deported Elie (just 15 yrs.) and his family from the Jewish ghettos to Birkenau (concentration camp)
Elie’s Experience in the Concentration Camps We will discover in our journey through the text…
After the Holocaust • On April 10, 1945 Russians liberated Elie’s camp • His mother and youngest sister perished in the gas chambers • Older sisters survived! • Years later they reunited
Life Reclaimed • Elie went on to study literature and become a journalist • In 1969 he married another Holocaust survivor, Marian Ester Rose • Elie’s first novel, Night, was acclaimed as a powerful and moving piece about his experience in the concentration camps • In 1986, Elie won the Nobel Peace Prize
Never shall I forget that night, the first night in camp, that turned my life into one long night seven times sealed.Never shall I forget that smoke.Never shall I forget the small faces of the children whose bodies I saw transformed into smoke under a silent sky.Never shall I forget those flames that consumed my faith forever.Never shall I forget the nocturnal silence that deprived me for all eternity of the desire to live.Never shall I forget those moments that murdered my God and my soul and turned my dreams to ashes.Never shall I forget those things, even were I condemned to live as long as God Himself.Never.
The People of the Holocaust Holocaust memorial located in Miami Florida
Gas Chambers 6 million died Crematorium
These are some of the people who survived the horrors of a man made hell.
Writers and artists who survived the Holocaust emerged to tell their story and show the world the horrors of their experience in the concentration camps.
They hoped their stories would influence society so that something like the Holocaust would never happen again.
All paintings by David Olere, a Holocaust survivor Unable to Work: Inability to work was often an immediate death sentence. In the background of this painting, smoke rises from the crematorium to form the SS insignia.
Arrival of a Convoy: A new convoy arrives in the background as inmates struggle with a cart carrying away cadavers from a previous convoy.
The Food of the Dead for the Living : Olère collects food, abandoned near the undressing rooms of crematorium III at Birkenau, so he can throw it over the fence to the prisoners at the women's camp.