The Night Trilogy
Night ; Dawn ; Day / Elie WieselBook - 2008
Night is one of the masterpieces of Holocaust literature. First published in 1958, it is the autobiographical account of an adolescent boy and his father in Auschwitz. Elie Wiesel writes of their battle for survival and of his battle with God for a way to understand the wanton cruelty he witnesses each day. In the short novel Dawn (1960), a young man who has survived World War II and settled in Palestine joins a Jewish underground movement and is commanded to execute a British officer who has been taken hostage. In Day (previously titled The Accident, 1961), Wiesel questions the limits of conscience: Can Holocaust survivors forge a new life despite their memories? Wiesel's trilogy offers insights on mankind's attraction to violence and on the temptation of self-destruction.
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A boy and his family are caught up in the holocaust and are taken by train to a concentration camp. The boys and girls are split. The boy Elizer never sees his mother or sister again. He remains with his father as they suffer many horror at the hands of the Nazis. His father eventually succumbs to dysentary before being liberated. Elizer almost succumbs but is saved due to having an injured foot and being deserted before being liberated.
The same boy is older and the war has ended. He is unsure what to do with his life so he moves to Palestine to support the creation of Israel. He gets caught up in the fighting and is nominated to execute a British soldier who is a hostage, in retaliation for the assassination of a Jewish man. The story deals with his crisis of concious before commiting murder.
The boy now a grown man lives in NY city. He is out with his girlfriend when he is hit by a taxi. He almost dies and comes back from the brink of death. The story deals once again with his crisis of concience and losing the will to fight for life. It is finally revealed at the end that he saw the taxi coming and did not bother to get out of the way.
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