Night - Study Guide Chapter 1 (Pages 1 – 20) Summary & Analysis

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With the backdrop of WW II, this first-person narrative begins in 1941 with the introduction of Moshe the Beadle, a lovable, grandfatherly figure who worked at a Hasidic synagogue in the little Transylvanian town of Sighet. Elie Wiesel, the third child and the only son of a cultured, unsentimental, highly esteemed father quickly bonded with Moshe the Beadle as they shared a passionate interest in Jewish mysticism.

Together they philosophized while pondering questions and answers, reading the Zohar, and seeking divine essence.

Moshe the Beadle was a foreigner and when the Hungarian police came into town, they crammed all the foreign Jews into cattle trains. The people of Sighet wept bitterly as the train left. However, after several months, life returned to normal. Rumors circulated that the deportees arrived in Galician and were working there, satisfied with their imposed move.

Elie was naturally shocked when...

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