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Section 1, pages 1-31
1. Describe Moshe the Beadle.
He worked at the Hasidic synagogue. He was able to make himself seem insignificant, almost invisible. He was timid, with dreamy eyes, and did not speak much. 2. Describe Elie Wiesel’s father. What was his occupation? He was cultured and unsentimental. He had more concern for outsiders than for his own family. He and his wife were storekeepers. 3. Why was Moshe the Beadle important to Elie Wiesel?

Moshe became his cabbalist, or instructor in the mystical aspects of the Jewish faith. 4. Summarize the story Moshe the Beadle told on his return from being deported. Why did he say he had returned to Sighet? He and the other foreign Jews had been taken by train through Hungary and into Poland. They were taken to a forest and made to dig graves. They the Gestapo killed them. Moshe escaped because he had been mistaken for dead, although he was just wounded. He said he returned to tell the Jews to prepare themselves before it was too late. 5. What was the public reaction to Moshe’s story?

People refused to believe him. Some would not even listen to him. They said he just wanted their pity. 6. What was the setting and the year for the first section of the book? What was the world condition at the time? The year was 1942. The story started out in the town of Sighet in Transylvania. World War II was in progress. The author mentions 1943, and then describes events in 1944. The Fascist party had taken power. 7. Describe, in order, the events that happened from the last day of Passover until Pentecost. On the seventh day of Passover the Germans arrested the Jewish community leaders. The Jewish residents were not allowed to leave their houses for three days. At the end of the three days the Jews had to start wearing the yellow star. Then two ghettos were set up. On the Saturday before Pentecost, Stern attended an extraordinary meeting of the council. When he returned he told the others they were all to be deported, starting the next day. 8. How did Wiesel say he felt about the Hungarian police3?

He said he began to hate them because they were his and his community’s first oppressors. 9. Who was Martha? What happened when she visited the Wiesel family in the ghetto? Martha was a former servant of the Wiesel family. She visited the family in the ghetto and offered them safe refuge in her village. Elie’s father refused to leave. He told Elie and his sisters they could go, but they refused to be separated.

Sections 2,3, pages 32-54
1. To what did Wiesel compare the world?
He said it was a cattle wagon hermetically sealed.
2. What did Madame Schächter see in her vision?
She said she saw a fire – a furnace, with huge flames.
3. How did the other people in the car react to Madame Schächter? Some of the young men tied her up and gagged her. Then they hit her. The others encouraged the young men. 4. Where did the train stop?

It stopped at Auschwitz. Alternate answer: It arrived at Birkenau, the reception center for Auschwitz. 5. What did the Jews in the train car discover when they looked out the window? They saw flames gushing out of a tall chimney in to the sky. 6. When did Wiesel say the travelers left their illusions behind? It was when they left the train at Birkenau. They left their cherished objects and illusions behind on the train. 7. Which notorious SS officer did they meet at Auschwitz?

They met Dr. Mengele – known as the Angel of Death in popular history for performing selections at Auschwitz and doing medical experiments on prisoners. 8. What was Elie’s main thought as the men and women were being herded from the train? It was to stay with his father at all costs.

9. What prayer were the people saying? Why was it unusual?
They were reciting the Kaddish. It was unusual because they were saying the prayer for the dead for themselves. 10. What did Elie do when the gypsy struck his father? Why? What...
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