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(page 105) "Don't forget that you are in a concentration camp, here every man has to fight for himself and not think of anyone else. Even of his father." This quote is one of the most powerful in the book. Eliezer realized that this whole process in the concentration camps has been nothing more than a fight for survives. Eliezer cares about the safety of his father, but knows that he must defend his own life or risk the death of himself and his father by trying to help. The man is trying to tell him that, in the camps, his father is just another Jew to be killed and Eliezer will not survive unless protecting his own life holds top priority. He understands that the only person you can save without being killed is yourself
Dear Kevin! I think like you, its hard to choose either saving yourself or your father. in the beginning Eli and his father lived for each other they were the reason to live one for another. but later we can see that the father was just another man that Eli needed to take care of. and it was hard for him the same thing with Rabbi Eliahu's son he felt like Eli but he decided to do something to make it less harder for himself and Eli didn't do it and it was the right choise i think.
Dear Yael, I'm sure that it would be much easier to abandon the peole that we love yet are holding us back. I believe that if Rabbi Eliahu's son had put himself in his father's place, he would have felt very alone and helpless without his son. Kevin
first of all i agreed with most of the thing that you said , but i want to tell the thing's that touched me : p 89 "my whole will to live was centered in my nails " . p 90 " was it a dead man i was struggling against?" . p 90 " what madman could be playing the violin here , at the brink of his own grave ? ". p 93 " difference did it make? to die today or tomorrow " . To my opinion this is very hard to even trying to think about what Elie said because , if something make a man want to die it's show that this is very bad . P 97 " we shall freeze to death ! let's all get upand move a bit ..." , ithink that we can see hear the battle for life that elie and all others victim had to faced with in the holocust . michele , i want to ask you something do you realy think that wath you have learned will stay with you ?
pg.109: "One day I was able to get up, after gathering all my strength. I wanted to see myself in the mirror hanging on the opposite wall. I had not seen myself since the ghetto. 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." I choose this statement because i found it interesting that Elie referred to himself in the third person. Up until that point he had not realized what he really looked like on the outside. He was a corpse but the only thing that made him different from the other dead bodies was that his brain was still functioning. It was also a good way by Elie to end his story. It helped me to think about how much the surviving Jews had encountered when Elie described himself as a corpse. ~Michele~
Night Assignment 5 Page 106 �Then I had to go to bed. I climbed into my bunk, above my father, who was still alive. It was January 28, 1945. I awoke on January 29 at dawn. In my father�s place lay another invalid. They must have taken him away before dawn and carried him to the crematory. He may still have been breathing There were no prayers at his grave. No candles were lit to his memory. His last word was my name. A summons, to which I did not respond.� I singled out this quotation because it was sad for Elie to know that he was the last of his family. Elie�s father was taken and he was now alone in the world. ~Danielle
Night Assignment 5 �It was pitch dark. I could hear only the violin, and it was as if Juliek�s soul were the bow. He was playing his life. The whole of his life was gliding on the strings- his last hopes, his charred past, his extinguished future. He played as he would never play again.� (Pg. 90) When I read this quote, I felt miserable. I could almost visualize Juliek playing his violin and hearing the song. The dead men were lying all over each other and a person, almost dead himself, playing a haunting tune. It sent shivers down my spine. All I could think of was how much these people had to bear and how some of them were still alive even in these horrific conditions. Every person has a breaking point, but here it was like the people were detached from their bodies. Nothing bothered them anymore; they were just bodies with no souls in them. Reading this book, I went through an array of emotions- anger, compassion, depression, indifference� what bothers me most is that how one single person can ruin the life of millions of people. It also shows how hatred affects people and to what degree it affects them. How can a person hate someone so much so that he is not only ready to take that person�s life, but to torture and kill all those millions of people like him? It just goes beyond my power of understanding. Teja Mehendale Per. 1
"Father! Father! Wake up. They're trying to throw you out of the carriage..." That moment of dispair, probobly had pained Elie. That moment of realizing that the only thing that had kept you alive is about to dissapaer, it must be heart breaking. Reuth
For Sharon: "Don't forget that you are in a concentration camp, here every man has to fight for himself and not think of anyone else. Even of his father." (pg 105) This quote is one of the most powerful in the book. Eliezer realizes that this whole process in the concentration camps has been nothing more than a fight for survival. He understands that the only person you can save without being killed is yourself. Eliezer cares about the safety of his father, but knows that he must defend his own life or risk the death of himself and his father by trying to help. This provides for a very tough situation in which Eliezer must do what is necessary to save himself. The man is trying to tell him that, in the camps, his father is just another Jew to be killed and Eliezer will not survive unless protecting his own life holds top priority.
Eliezer had a hard situation: he wanted to help his father, but in himself he felt that he need to worry about his survive. He help to his father how much he could, but he felt that his father will not survive. Page 93 - "There was no more reason to live" In the end of the Holocaust, Eliezer started to lose his will to continue to live. He didn't believe that he can live in a world like this. His father thought that Eliezer was strong, but the truth was that he lost his power to struggle in the surviving war. In the years of the Holocausthe suffered: he was transperated from camp to camp, he had an operation in the leg, he fought for his life, he took care of his father until he died and more.. During all the time nobody took care of him, he fought for his life alone. I think that Eliezer was very brave. He was just 15 years old, as our age. It's hard to believe that a boy in this age can passed horrible years. He fought for his life day after day alone, and for me it's hard to understand from where he found the power that saved his life. He even had to take care of his father, that in the end of the war became very sick and finally died.
Page 82 - "The idea of dying, of no longer being, fascinated me". A very interesting (and sad, of course) line, It expressed Elie's anguish in an excellent way. Page 87 - "A terrible thought loomed up in my head: he had wanted to get rid of his father!". Page 96 - "When they withdrew, next to me were two corpses, side by side, the father and the son. I was 15 years old". I felt very angry while reading this part. I was angry at the workman who threw the bread at them, not out of kindness but out of cruelty, wanting to see the jews fighting each other over a mere piece of bread. Page 106 - Elie's father's death. Even though Elie was a very loving son, who did not betray him to have a better chance of surviving, he still felt like a burden was lifted from him wuth his father's death. (Check the getting to know each other forum)
Dear Yael, Quote: "He had felt that his father was growing weak, he had believed that the end was near and had sought this seperatin in order to get rid of the burde, to free himself from an encumbrance which could lesson his own chances of survival." p.87 I cannot imagine the choice of either saving your father or saving yourself. The love between a father and a son is something that seems so unbreakable yet I think this expirience must have put these people over the edge of really caring for another person. I feel sorry for Rabbi Eliahou for he lost the one thing that probably pushed him to keep living. The expiriences these people went through are horrible. Kevin
While i was reading the final chapters of night i thought that on page 105 when Elie is trying to take care of his father and the man in the barracks says to him that "Don't forget that you are in a concentration camp, here every man has to fight for himself and not think of anyone else. Even of his father." this shows how the brutality and horrors of the concentration camps make the inmates in them brutal and horrific in turn. This shows how important it is to treat all other people in a nice way so that they will always be nice to you in return. Don
hi, in the last chapter the most impressive part is the moment elie looked on the mirror and his respond to what he saw there.
i admire Eli. and not only him. every surviver from the holy cost. after reading the last chapter of the book, i understood how dificult it was to stay alive. frankcly, i dont understand how people lived though it at all. so many traps.... the hunger, the cold, the desises, the hard work , much too hard for such week bodys, and the dispair. the lost of reason to live. i dont understand how people survived at all. in some points of the book, i wanted to put it aside, and tell the teacher i cant read it any longer..... like in the part where eli fights with his nails to get out of the pile of courps . he discribes his nails stab in the decadent flesh. i was even a bit mad on the decition to give as this book to read it. i kept on reading. some sceens still refuse to leave my mind. but i am glad i did. elis story is not somthing you can forget. but i didnt like the end. i would like eli to explane more about his feeling when he looked in the miror. about his feelings in the end of the war, and even how he found his 2 older sister that survived and kept on with his life.
Dear Yuval and Tal, Here is Night 5, I got around to it sooner, rather than later ! "I felt that I was not arguing with him, but with death itself, with death that he had already chosen." (Pg. 100) This quote is probably one of the strongest in the whole book. It is when Elie is arguing with his father, mostly on the grounds that he shouldn�t give up and to be strong. His father was dying and Elie wanted to keep him alive. Why wouldn�t he? His father was all that he had left. He felt that his father had already decided that he was going to die, and not try to live. Elie wanted to keep death away from the one person Elie had left, but it didn�t work. This quote is so strong because it shows that Elie has almost given up. He is arguing with the one person that he should nurture. He is arguing with death, to stay away from his father, but he lost, and he knows it. His father is near death, and there is nothing that Elie can do about it. That is why he is arguing: it is his last attempt at hope. Elie was angry with his father for dying, but when his father did die, he was beaten. Elie knew that this was the end and he couldn�t do anything about it; his final ray of hope in humanity and in God was smashed. P.S I'll say it again because I mean it, it was great working with you both. Talk to you both soon, Tom
"He had seen him. and he continued to run on in front, letting the distance between them grow greater" p.87 This is the paragraph when some child abandon his father... In the first, i thought that the boy is very wrong, and you shouldn't abandon your own father' when you can't help him. But now, as I thinking about it, I think that we can't judge his actions, we weren't there, we can't amagin to our selfs the situation. He felt like he couldn't take it anymore, his father was difficulty for him, so he decided to leave him back. I don't justify his way, but I can't judge it.
"I'm afraid...I'm afraid...that they'll break my violin...I've brought it with me." page 89 This was said by Juliek to Wiesel. I thought that this was important. This violin obviously meant a lot to Juliek. He was actually worried about something other than his survival and the survival of a loved one. This violin must have been something that kept him going. Maybe it was a reason he gave himself to fight the struggle that was laid upon him. It is important to recognize these things. Everyone who suffered during the Holocaust had their ways to live through that terrible, difficult time in their lives. Few made it, while many didn't. I think that by treasuring what little they had, it helped them hold on to their lives. I hope to hear from you soon Jessica
"Meir. Meir, my boy! Don't you recognize me? I'm your father... you're hurting me... you're killing your father! I've got some bred...for you too.... for you too..." It was so sad that this man was willing to kill his father just for a little peice of bread. Family, friends and all humane characteristics of humans were forgotten. This man became an animal and just focused on himself and his own survival. It was also sad that the people working would think it was fun to watch other people attack each other when they throw food at them.
p87 "And, in spite of myself, a prayer rose in my heart, to that God in whom I no longer believed." p90-91 "...when I heard the sound of a violin. The sound of a violin, in this dark shed, where the dead were heaped on the living. What madman could be playing the violin here, at the brink of his own grave?" "I had never heard sounds so pure. In such a silence... I could hear only the violin, and it was as though Juliek's soul were the bow. He was playing his life. The whole of his life was gliding on the strings - his lost hopes, his charred past, his extinguished future. He played as he would never play again. I shall never forget Juliek... he said farewell on his violin to an audience of dying men... When I awoke, in the daylight, I could see Juliek...dead. Near him lay his violin, smashed, trampled, a strange overwhelming little corpse." p94 "'Throw out all the dead! All the corpses outside!' The living rejoiced. There would be more room." p94 "The days were like nights, and the nights left thew dregs of thier darkness in our souls." p95 "...a workman took as piece of bread out of his bag and threw it into a wagon. There was a stampede. Dozens of starving men fought each other to the death for a few crumbs. The German workmen took a lively interest in this spectacle." p100 "I felt that I was not arguing with him, but with death itself..." p101 "With those few gulps of hot water, I probably brought him more satisfaction than I had done during my whole childhood." p103 "...I was convinced that he could see everything, that now he could see the truth in all things." p109 "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." quote from p90-91 Just imagine that... everyone's ready to give up, some are already dead, and one person plays the violin. In a way it's an act of defiance - telling anyone who cared to listen that Hitler had not succeeded in reducing the Jewish people to little more than animals. Their lives had not been completely taken away. How had he managed to keep that violin? Perhaps it was hope for him... but the next morning he was dead and the violin smashed. Even though this passage was in the middle of many stories of people who died, this one strands out. It's so sad.
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