Sighet - A small town in Transylvania where Elie and his family live before they are deported to the concentration camps.
Talmud - A Jewish religious text.
Cabbala - Jewish mystical writings that emphasize the significance of numbers, among other things. Elie studies it under Moshe the Beadle.
Cattle trains (wagons) - The Germans use these to transport the Jews to the concentration camps.
Yellow star - A decree comes from the Germans that all Jews wear this identifying symbol.
Ghettos - Jewish settlements set up by the Germans. Two are created in Sighet before the Jews are deported to the concentration camps.
Auschwitz - The first concentration camp to which the Jews from Elie's town are taken. Elie and his father spend three weeks there before being relocated.
Birkenau - Elie's mother and youngest sister are exterminated here.
Crematory - The furnace used to dispose of...
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