For this reason, the novel can be seen as a kind of psychological study in human behavior. Even as the remaining Jews move from the big ghetto into the smaller ghetto, they forget about the previous occupants. Moché the Beadle works at a Hasidic synagogue in the town. The Gestapo puts one person in charge of each car and threatens to shoot him if anyone escapes. Then their possession are taken. This section contains 6,886 words approx.
Though his father thinks that he is too young to immerse himself in religious mysticism, Eliezer is very devout and focuses all his energy on religious study. Neither of the boys could breathe very well, and Juliek was worried that his violin may break. At this point Eliezer begins to hate his oppressors, and he calls his hate the only thing that still connects him to them today. The next day, people try to feel hopeful. Though the innocence of the Jewish townspeople is painfully foolish in retrospect, Eliezer does not fault his family and neighbors for being so reluctant to leave Sighet.
Next, Jews must wear the yellow star. He spoke only of what he had seen. As long as possible, they try to maintain life as normal and even cast a positive light on their situation. Eliezer's world literally becomes plunged in darkness because the Nazis take away all the joy, light, and hope, replacing it with the blackness of death and evil. It is night, and everyone goes to bed because there is nothing else to do but wait. There everybody was ordered to get out.
There was a man and his son in this running march. They did not particularly like them. Eliezer devotes himself to his religious studies, his father busies himself in the Jewish community, and his mother tries to find a husband for Hilda. Even after the townspeople hear that the Fascists have come into power in Hungary, no one really worries until the Germans actually invade Hungary and arrive at Sighet itself. He tells Eliezer that he miraculously survived the concentration camps in order to save the Jews in Sighet, but life continues on as normal during 1942 and 1943.
The streets are deserted, as if the non-Jews are waiting for the Jews to leave so they can pillage their houses. Eliezer's father says that Eliezer and his two older sisters can go if they want to, but the family does not want to be separated. Finally, they are herded like livestock onto cars designed for animals. The Jews do not really consider that anything bad could happen to them, and even though Eliezer asks his father to emigrate to Palestine, his father does not want to start a new life elsewhere. Then, during Passover, the Germans arrest the leaders of the Jewish community.
Next, two ghettos are set up, and everyone is relocated. Moishe the Beadle is awkward and shy, but 12-year-old Eliezer likes him anyway. He tries to warn the townspeople of the atrocities that he has seen, but no one believes him. A whistle blows, and the train starts moving. The next day, his family is moved from the large ghetto to the small one.
Who is the first person to be introduced in the book, Night? In 1941, when he is twelve, the narrator, Eliezer Wiesel, wants to study the cabbala a form of Jewish mysticism , but his father tells him that he is too young. One day Eliezer's father is suddenly summoned to a meeting of the Jewish council. Moché miraculously survived with a leg wound and returned to warn the people of Sighet. Eliezer will be thrust into a world with no light and no hope, and everything around him will seem as black as night. Eliezer wants his father to sell the business and move to Palestine but his father says he's too old to start a new life.
Then they're ordered to hand over all of their valuables to the Hungarian police. The Jews were ordered to get off and onto waiting trucks. Later, Eliezer discovers that it was a family friend in the Hungarian police trying to warn them to escape. The following morning, everyone is herded into cattle wagons, which are sealed shut. When it is time for the people in the street to leave, there is joy because at this point people cannot imagine anything more horrible than sitting outside in the hot sun. Jews are not allowed to leave their homes, are forced to give up their valuables, and are required to wear the yellow star. The Fascists come to power in Hungary.
Eliezer goes to wake up some of his father's friends, and then everyone cooks and packs in preparation to being deported. Should that fire die out one day, there would be nothing left in the sky but dead stars, dead eyes. Elie went back later but he pretended again to get himself a few more days. They suggest that they are being deported because the front is coming too close, or because the Germans just want to steal their valuables. One day Moché and other non-Hungarian Jews are deported by Hungarian police, but the incident is forgotten by the other Jews and dismissed as a normal wartime practice. One could enter and leave as one pleased. The next day they're marched to the station and herded onto cattle cars, eighty people per car.
I had never thought it possible. As a young boy, religion comes as naturally to Eliezer as living and breathing, and we should pay attention to how his attitude towards religion and God changes as Night progresses. The German soldiers come to Sighet, staying at the houses of local citizens—sometimes Jews. No one can leave, and people are relieving themselves in corners. Moishe the Beadle is actually a foreigner, so he and the others like him are packed into train cars like cattle. He realizes that he and his father might be put into the same situation. Everyone thinks he is trying to win sympathy or has simply gone insane.