Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Night by Elie Weisel

Ella, Marcie, Teagan and Faith
Post #1 - Introduction
Post #2 - Organizing The History
Post #3 - Photo Project
Post #4 - Individual Responsibility and Resistance 
Post #5 - Perpetrators, Collaborators, Bystanders, and Rescuers
Post #6 - Final Project - The Suitcase Project


  1. Good Morning, my name is Ella. I look forward to spending the next few weeks expressing my ideas and thoughts on the Holocaust. its horrible how one person can think one race shouldnt exist. Being discriminated by your whole country, family, friends, and neighbors that you grew up with, where you raised a family, worked, and went to school could just turn against you in a second. Its sad to think out of all those years poeple knew and never stud up and said anything. Its just because it wasnt them who was being discrimated against.
    ~nobodys born racist.~

    1. I agree with all of your blog Ella. I can't even think of what it would be like to havwe everything taken away. Its true, it really just takes a second..

  2. Hello, my name is Faith. I am looking forward to working on learning about the holocaust. Right now i know that the holocaust was a calculated event by Hitler and Nazis. It killed off over millions of Jewish people.I think its tragic that one person had a bad effect on one race.I am looking forward to learning more about the holocaust and hope that this tragic event doesn't repeat itself.

  3. Good morning fellow bloggers, my name is Teagan. I look forward to spending the next few weeks with you on our final project about the holocaust. What I know about the holocaust, I know that man named Adolf Hitler started a revolution to kill all Jews. Over 6 million Jews died. Many died in internment camps such as Auschwitz and many more. It sad to think that nobody stood up in all those year just cause they didn’t want it to happen to them.

  4. Hey guys, my name is Marcie. I am overjoyed to start blogging about Night. I find reading and learning more about the holocaust gives me a senese of what it was like for the Jewish people, and it helps me know what can happen to people with just one idea. Its also just so hard to believe that with just one, small idea a whole race of people can be destoyed. Everything inportant to you, will be taken away. Family, friends, Religion, identity. . Please give me lots of feedback on what I blog. Thank you.

  5. Hi its marcie again! I just forgot to ask some questions for you guys!
    If you were a nazi soldier placed in time of the holocaust, do you actually think you would do anything to help the Jewish people?
    What do you think is the worst part about how Hitler killed the Jewish people? For example- gassing them, death march, working to death. .

    1. If I were a Nazi soldier I may have tried to help, but more realistically I would follow a group or fear the consequences of going against the other Nazis.
      I think the most brutal way is to die of hunger or gas because you know you will die and there is no way out of it.

    2. i would not help because if i got caught i would die

      the worst ways would be working them to death and the death march

  6. Good afternoon ya’ll. For the 2nd response to the book “Night” I will start by responding to Marcie’s questions “What do you think is the worst part about how Hitler killed the Jewish people?” and “If you were a Nazi soldier placed in time of the holocaust, do you actually think you would do anything to help the Jewish people?”. I think the worst part of how Hitler eliminated the Jews in the concentration camps and ghetto would be making you watch your friends, or family members marched to the gas chambers knowing that your next and you can’t stop it from happening. If I was a Nazi soldier at the time… I would be ashamed of what I was doing. You would be killing thousands of people for no reason, and you would just go ahead and do it because you didn’t want to be the one having to work to death, starve, and pray that you’ll make it to the next day. Reading this novel so far has made me be more thankful for what I have, more aware of what other people are going through, and more considerate of what other people are feeling and thinking.
    ~Would you stand up against the Nazis or what would you do to try and make this stop? ~

  7. Hello this is Teagan again and I would like to talk about what I have learned so far about the holocaust in this book. My reading of this novel has helped me know more about the start of the holocaust and how they were happy to have the German soldiers and they were nice at the start. But after that they got put in to ghettos. I am now at the part where they are getting transported to the camps. It seems very harsh that they only got a loaf of bread and a bucket of water. Also it was so small that they weren’t all able to sit they had to take turns. After they got out they were stripped of all their possessions. That is what I have learned so far about the holocaust for the book night.

  8. I have learned from this book, that just in one minute, your whole life can change. You just be sitting at dinner at home with your family, and in one minute, Nazi soldiers can break in, and steal your life away. I have learned that all you have in life is hope.

    It is 1944, Elie is now 16 and he lives in a small town in Transylvania. Elie lived at normal life, his parents owned a store, and his community was safe. Out of nowhere, German police officers came and put all Jewish people in the ghettos. Elie still had it house, and everyone there was safe and happy. When his father came back with the bad news, the ghetto became silent, confused, worried. .

    When World War 2 started in 1939, they first invaded Poland. Britain and France responded quickly by declaring war on Germany, but took little action in fighting against Germany. 1940 was the year Hitler took over Denmark and Norway, Belgium, and the Netherlands. These nations were token over very quickly. Italy was an ally of Germany, so they both invaded Greece and North Africa. The Greek Campaign failed horribly, so Germany was forced to have Italy’s assistance in early 1941.

    What is something that truly changed you from this book?
    How do you think Elie felt when his father came back bringing horrible news?
    What is something Canada could have done to help stop Germany?
    ANSWER TO ELLA'S QUESTION: I would try to form a group of nazi soldiers and people all around the world to go against Germany and Hitler and the death of all these Jewish people.

  9. Hello, reading this novel has enhanced my understanding of the holocaust and what the Jewish people went through and how they always were living in fear. I believe that Elie Wiesel was trying to tell the people and give them a sense of what it felt like to live in concentration camps and ghettos.
    Answer to Marcie’s question: If I was a Nazi soldier I would have tried help the Jewish and stand up for them against the other Nazis. I think killing over millions of Jewish people was the worst part.
    Questions: If you were a Jewish person how would you feel going to a concentration camp

    1. I would feel confused, scared, worried, maybe even excited if I didnt know where i was going to.
      If i knew i was going to a concentration camp, I would feel suicidal, worried, depressed.

  10. What was life like before the dreadful,
    horrifying holocaust? For many it was a safe and happy world. You were free to live your own life. You could have a religious life. You could be friends with whom you’d want to be friends with. Children ran off to school and played outside for hours. Parents worked all day and came home and ate all they want. Living in Sighet, Transylvania had meaning. . You weren’t just another body part to burn. In the picture I have sent you too, it shows a small boy, holding his violin. When the holocaust began, that object of happiness was taken away from the boy. He no longer could play beautiful music for his friends, and family. Freedom of religion was brought down by the Nazis. Jewish people’s lives, were not longer meaningful, they were then known after that, as worthless. .

    What do you think life was like after the holocaust for the surviors?
    If you could only pack 3 things in your suitcase when you were taken away, what would they be?
    Thank you for your time.

  11. 1994; Elie is 15 living with his family in Sighet Transylvania. Everything was normal… his parents owned a store, his community was safe, and he and his sister walked to school every day. In that same year everything turned around. German Police officers invaded their small communities filled with laughter, smiles, pets, and children and took it all away. Everyone he knew; friends, family, neighbors were all put into the ghettos. Elie still had everything, and everyone was safe and pleased. His father was gone for hours with German officers… he came back with horrifying news. They were all being sent to Auschwitz. That night everyone was confused, worried, and anxious trying to find something to do.

    At the current stag e of the book that I am at, elie has infected his left foot. It has been operated on and he has been in the infirmary for almost a week now. There has been talk around the camp that everyone is going to be deported to a different camp somewhere deep in Germany. Elie and all the other patients are scared their going to be left alone, or their going to blow up the remains of the camp.

    [Elie Wiesel is in the second row of bunks, seventh from the left, next to the vertical beam.]
    [Elie Wiesel “sepia picture” is on the far left]

    1. How would you feel if you were separated from your family?
    2.What would keep you motived to strive to survive to the next day?
    3.How would you feel if you were one of the few to be chosen to take your life, just because of how you looked?
    4.What do you think life was like after the holocaust survivors? How do you think they coped with everything?
    5.What would you do on the last day of the holocaust? The day you knew you were going home, when the American soldiers walked in?

    have a wonderful night.

    1. (Ella your link to the website did not work, i copied and pasted it and nothing really came up) great writing tho! I love hearing more about your side of the story :)
      question 1: I'd feel depressed, suicidal, hopeless. .

  12. Good moring fellow bloggers.

    My book starts in the middle of the war and his village was starting to get forced to go camps because they weren’t in the middle of Germany. But the part I’m at he is in a camp his foot is infected and his father and him didnt know if they should stay there or run to another camp in the end they decided to run to another camp many other people in the camp died on the run there

    Elie Wiesel grew up in the close-knit Jewish community of Sighet. While the family spoke Yiddish at Home, they read newspapers and conducted their grocery business in German, Hungarian or Romanianas the occasion demanded. Elie began religious studies in classical Hebrew almost as soon as he could speak. The young boy's life centered entirely on his religious studies. He loved the tradition and folktales of the Hassidic sect of Judaism, to which his mother's family belonged. The first years of World War II left Sighet relatively untouched. Although the village changed hands from Romania to Hungary, the Wiesel family believed they were safe from the persecutions suffered by Jews in Germany and Poland.

    this is Elie's home town Sighet

  13. G’day mate. In the next discussion of our book, we’ll be talking about individual responsibility and resistance.
    There were a few ways the prisoners showed resistance in spiritual and sometimes a physical manner. Praying every night, believing they will survive to the next day, having enough food was a way they spiritually resisted the German soldiers. There was a specific part in the book where there was a cauldron of soup sitting in the middle of the bunks with no guard. The one man crawled to the pot, with everyone starring at him amazed. He disobeyed the rules and ended up getting his life token away. The Bribab (escape) movement was to attempt to smuggle survivors onto boats and ship them to Palestine. Which was also a form of physical resistance that happened at the camps. Some things I believe kept the Jews from standing up and resisting the Nazis was death. Being afraid of just saying one word then have someone beat you, standing up for something that wasn’t right, trying to save yourself.
    Acts of resistance and individual responsibilities that came from many of the holocaust survivors was “trying to forget their horrors, but others felt that their experiences were a part of them that had to be lived with.” Some people didn’t let it ruin their life… many people got jobs, and started a family, many Jewish children started education again, started searching for family members (finding family members), began to pray – religious and cultural life, finding a new safe place to live. ─ `Holocaust the event and their impact on real people, Steven Spielberg`
    Based on my learning’s, I think the meaning of being a responsible citizen of the nation and the world is being able to speak for others and yourself, not having apathy – caring about what’s happening around you and that’s going to affect you, expressing your thoughts and ideas, and not letting people have control over you. Being a free citizen in a responsible way.
    *My reading expectation for this week is to see how Elie and his father make it through the next month, hope to finish the book in the next few days. I`ll keep you posted*