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Pre-War Sighet Visual Essay

Enrich your reading of Night with photos depicting daily life in Elie Wiesel's hometown.
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  • The Holocaust

Pre-War Sighet Visual Essay

Enrich your reading of Night with photos depicting daily life in Elie Wiesel's hometown.

Students at Kheyder

Students sitting at a traditional Jewish religious school, or kheyder, in 1920s Sighet.

Credit:
YIVO Institute for Jewish Research

Members of Sighet’s Jewish Community

A group photo in front of Sighet’s synagogue, ca. 1930–1939.

Credit:
Romanian Jews standing in front of a Synagogue before World War 2.

Leaders of Sighet’s Jewish Community

Leaders of the Jewish community in Sighet, including Mr. Hershkovich, Mr. Klein, Mr. Yacobovich, and Mr. Jahan, ca. 1928–1930.

Credit:
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of Morris Spitzer

Yosef Meir Weiss

Portrait of Yosef Meir Weiss, the Spinka rebbe from Sighet, 1906.

Credit:
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of Morris Spitzer

Sighet Soccer Club

The members of Sighet Soccer Club pose for a group photo.

Credit:
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of Morris Spitzer

Weaving Workshop at a Yeshiva

Students in a weaving workshop at a yeshiva, or rabbinical academy, in Sighet before the war.

Credit:
From the Archives of the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research, New York

Sighet before World War II

An image of the main market square in the Transylvanian town of Sighet, Romania, taken before World War II.

Credit:
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of Mitchell Eisen

Pre-War Jewish Family

A Jewish family, possibly in Sighet, taken before the beginning of World War II, ca. 1930–1940.

Credit:
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of Solange Dratler Lebowitz
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