History Literature / Night

5th Oct '17 5:55:48 PM stuffedninja
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It's a novel--er, a memoir--no, an autobiography--um, a nonfiction story--eh, [[GenreBusting this book doesn't really fit neatly into one of these genres]], and there's still lots of debate over how much of this book is memoir, and scholars still have trouble trying to approach it as a straightforward account. This story is based off of [[AuthorAvatar Eliezer]] (or some semi-fictionalization) and his father Shlomo, and their experiences in Birkenau, Auschwitz and Buchenwald.

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It's a novel--er, a memoir--no, an autobiography--um, a nonfiction story--eh, [[GenreBusting [[VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory this book doesn't really fit neatly into one of these genres]], categories]], and there's still lots of debate over how much of this book is memoir, and scholars still have trouble trying to approach it as a straightforward account. This story is based off of [[AuthorAvatar Eliezer]] (or some semi-fictionalization) and his father Shlomo, and their experiences in Birkenau, Auschwitz and Buchenwald.
29th Sep '17 8:00:57 AM CrowTR0bot
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* LesCollaborateurs: The majority of the cruelty depicted on-page doesn't come from the SS, but from Kapos, prisoners who became slave-drivers in exchange for better treatment. Elie seems to remember their brutality more vividly than the actual German instigators of his suffering, who, for the most part, are more distant.
17th Aug '17 6:54:45 PM redandready45
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-->"''The yellow star? Oh well, what of it? You don't die of it....''"

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-->"''The yellow star? Oh well, what of it? You don't die of it....''"''" ([[LampshadeHanging Poor Father! Of what then did you die]]?)
18th Jul '17 5:22:48 AM LucaEarlgrey
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* AdultFear: Definitely comes to mind when you think of the children burning in the crematorium and [[spoiler:the '''babies''' being used for target practice]].

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* AdultFear: AdultFear:
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Definitely comes to mind when you think of the children burning in the crematorium and [[spoiler:the '''babies''' being used for target practice]].practice]].
** Camps like these have existed throughout history and it's likely there are some today.
9th Jul '17 3:54:02 PM nombretomado
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25th Nov '16 2:01:56 PM Aquila89
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* BasedOnATrueStory: It's not entirely clear how much of the book is based on actual events. Wiesel himself said that "Some events do take place but are not true; others are, although they never occurred," and he tends to get offended when people call it fiction.

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* BasedOnATrueStory: It's not entirely clear how much of the book is based on actual events. Wiesel himself said that "Some events do take place but are not true; others are, although they never occurred," and he tends tended to get offended when people call it fiction.
22nd Aug '16 7:12:36 PM stuffedninja
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--> ''When he said Jesus again I couldn't take it, and for the only time in my life I was discourteous, which I regret to this day. I said, "Mr. Mauriac . . . ten years or so ago, I have seen children, hundreds of Jewish children, who suffered more than Jesus did on his cross and we do not speak about it." I felt all of a sudden so embarrassed. I closed my notebook and went to the elevator. He ran after me. He pulled me back; he sat down in his chair, and I in mine, and he began weeping. I have rarely seen an old man weep like that, and I felt like such an idiot . . . And then, at the end, without saying anything, he simply said, "You know, maybe you should talk about it."''

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--> -> ''When he said Jesus again I couldn't take it, and for the only time in my life I was discourteous, which I regret to this day. I said, "Mr. Mauriac . . . ten years or so ago, I have seen children, hundreds of Jewish children, who suffered more than Jesus did on his cross and we do not speak about it." I felt all of a sudden so embarrassed. I closed my notebook and went to the elevator. He ran after me. He pulled me back; he sat down in his chair, and I in mine, and he began weeping. I have rarely seen an old man weep like that, and I felt like such an idiot . . . And then, at the end, without saying anything, he simply said, "You know, maybe you should talk about it."''
3rd Jul '16 4:11:49 PM Awsamazing
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* GenreBusting: Is it a novel, a memoir, semi-autobiographical, nonfictional, or something different? The world may never know.

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* GenreBusting: Is it a novel, a memoir, semi-autobiographical, nonfictional, or something different? The With Wiesel's death, the world may never know.
3rd Jul '16 4:05:29 PM Awsamazing
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* BasedOnATrueStory: It's not entirely clear how much of the book is based on actual events. Wiesel himself has said that "Some events do take place but are not true; others are, although they never occurred," and he tends to get offended when people call it fiction.

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* BasedOnATrueStory: It's not entirely clear how much of the book is based on actual events. Wiesel himself has said that "Some events do take place but are not true; others are, although they never occurred," and he tends to get offended when people call it fiction.



** [[WordOfGod Elie has said]] that this represents his state of mind during and following the Holocaust, and how everything [[BookEnds ends up coming right back to night]].[[note]]This also ties into the Jewish tradition that new days begin at nightfall.[[/note]]

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** [[WordOfGod Elie has had said]] that this represents represented his state of mind during and following the Holocaust, and how everything [[BookEnds ends up coming right back to night]].[[note]]This also ties into the Jewish tradition that new days begin at nightfall.[[/note]]
14th Mar '16 6:07:32 PM stuffedninja
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* BittersweetEnding[=/=]DownerEnding: Depends on your interpretation. [[spoiler:The camp is liberated and Eliezer survives, at the cost of his father's life.]] But at the very end, when Eliezer stares in a mirror, he realizes how much the experience has dehumanized him despite the liberation.

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* BittersweetEnding[=/=]DownerEnding: Depends on your interpretation. [[spoiler:The camp BittersweetEnding: Shifts very, ''very'' much towards the "bitter" side. Buchenwald is liberated and Eliezer survives, although not without extreme loss and most specifically (and recently) at the cost of his father's life.]] life. But at the very end, when Eliezer stares in a mirror, he realizes how much the experience has dehumanized him despite the liberation.



* TropeCodifier: Both this book and ''Literature/TheDiaryOfAYoungGirl'' are considered to be classic examples of Holocaust literature.
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