Night - Summary
Note: Although Night is not necessarily a memoir--as discussed in the "Overall Analysis and Themes" section--I will often refer to it as a memoir, since that is the genre which closest approaches the mixture of testimony, deposition and emotional truth-telling that is in Night. Finally: it is clear that Eliezer is meant to serve, to a great extent, as the author Elie Weisel's surrogate and representative. With alterations of minor details, what
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exposure and exhaustion. At Gleiwitz, the prisoners are herded into cattle cars once again. There is another deadly journey: 100 Jews board the car, but only twelve remain alive by trip's end. Throughout the ordeal, Eliezer and his father have kept each other alive through mutual concern: but now, in Buchenwald, Eliezer's father dies. Eliezer survives in Buchenwald, an empty shell of a man, until April 11, 1945, when the American army liberates the camp.