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Night

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by Elie Wiesel
(Bantam, 1982; Hill and Wang, 2006)

Wiesel is probably the best known of all writers on the Holocaust. Night, his first books, is a memoir of his experiences as a young boy whose adolescence was marred by the nightmare of the Nazis' arrival in Transylvania (now part of Romania). He and his family were deported to a concentration camp. Wiesel lost both his parents and sister. This is a masterful book that Lawrence Langer (in The Holocaust and the Literary Imagination) has said "drew this portion of history into the unlimited aspirations of literary art, and gave it resonance and universality which only imaginative literature could achieve."

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Teaching “Night” interweaves a literary analysis of Elie Wiesel’s powerful and poignant memoir with an exploration of the relevant historical context surrounding his experience during the Holocaust.

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Throughout the guide, students will revisit the central questions that ask How is our identity shaped and reshaped by the circumstances we encounter? How do tragedy and trauma influence an individual’s identity and choices? Using this framework to explore the memoir, students will build literacy and historical-analysis skills, while also fostering critical social-emotional competencies like empathy and perspective-taking.

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