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Night Lesson Plan

Introduction to Night

Night (originally published in French as La Nuit) has sold millions of copies and has been published in twenty-five languages since its first printing in 1958. The book tells the story of the young Elie Wiesel, a Hungarian Hasidic Jew and devoted student of the Kabbalah, who in 1944 at the age of fifteen is transported, along with his family, to a series of Nazi-run concentration camps, among them Auschwitz and Buchenwald. Elie and his father (they are separated from his mother and sisters almost immediately, and his mother and youngest sister will not survive the Holocaust) endure unspeakable hardships: abuse, hard labor, starvation, forced marches, and torture. Wiesel portrays the...

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