- Well, for starters, it's the Holocaust.
- In the first chapter alone, we read about Nazis using Jewish babies for target practice. Doesn't as much cross the Moral Event Horizon as completely burst through it.
- "That night, the soup tasted of corpses."
- Wiesel's detailed descriptions of the hangings.
- The death pits. The line of prisoners that had just arrived at Birkenau is going towards the pit, ever so slowly. Eliezer and his father are just about to walk into the pit, with Eliezer saying that he would have died for sure, but the line bends away at the last second.
- The ending in which Eliezer survives, but looks into a mirror and sees what the camps have done to him.
"From the depths of the mirror, a corpse gazed back at me. The look in his eyes, as they stared into mine, has never left me."
- The original cover art.◊