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Elie Wiesel

BACKGROUND

This book is an autobiography of sorts. Elie Wiesel is a Holocaust survivor. To refresh your memory, the holocaust was that horrible thing where the German Army put Jewish people, polish people etc in these horrible concentration camps. The Germans made them slaves and killed them in gas chambers. Elie was 12 years old during the holocaust. Everyone in his family died. He survived and moved to America. He writes a lot of Holocaust books and stuff. He opened up the Wiesel Foundation for Humanity, which is kinda famous. This book has no chapters, it is split into 9 sections.

MAIN CHARACTERS

Elie Wiesel: The main dude of he book. He is 12. He starts out as a young happy teenager. But after he goes through the crappy life of a concentration camp, he is a VERY jaded adult.

Chlomo Wiesel: Elieís dad. He loves Elie very much. He dies in the end.

Mrs. Wiesel: She is a nice, quiet woman. When she gets to the concentration camp, she is immediately taken to the death camps.

Hilda, Beatrice, and Tzipora Wiesel: Elieís sisters.

PLOT

The book starts in 1944 Romania. The main character is Elie Wiesel. He is 12. All Elie does is read religious books and practice Judaism. Then his teacher tells him that the nazis are coming to do bad stuff. Then the Nazis start putting Jewish people on trains and shipping them to a really BAD concentration camp called Auschwitz. Elieís family gets shipped there too.

When they get to Auschwitz, the men are divided into 2 groups: Those who have the strength to work, and the old dudes who are sent to be killed. The women are sent straight to the death camps because the Nazis think they are useless. Elie and his dad lie about their ages and go with the "strong working men". Elie sees all the death and starts to wonder if God really exists.

Elie and his dad try to stay healthy so they can work and avoid getting killed. They work in an electronics warehouse, and Elie sees a young dude get hung. Elieís dad almost gets labeled as "not strong" (which means he would stop working and go get killed). Luckily, he passes his physical. Then Elie hurts his foot badly.

The Russian army moves close to the Nazi camp to kick some German ass. The Nazis move the prisoners to another concentration camp called Buchenwald. Elie and his dad have to run in the snow. Elieís dad is in bad shape. They have to eat snow to stay alive. Then they get to the concentration camp. Elieís dad dies. Finally the American army comes in and frees the prisoners.

PART BY PART

PART 1

PART 2

PART 3

PART 4

PART 5

PART 6

PART 7

PART 8

PART 9

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