Night Timeline

  • Elie Wiesel seeks a master to study Jewish theology under.

    He chooses Moishe the Beadle.
  • All foriegn Jews were taken away from Sighet, including Moishe the Beadle.

    Elie Wiesel and his family were left in Sighet, but this event forewhadows their eventual removal.
  • Moishe the Beadle warns the townspeople

    Moishe the Beadle knows what's ahead for the Jews of Sighet. He tries to warn them, but they refuse to believe him. (He was taken with the foreign Jews to Sighet, but managed to escape).
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    Life passed peacefully for the Wiesels and citizens of Sighet.

    This lasted about a year.
    They were encouraged by radio reports tha the Allies were drawing ever nearer.
  • The citizens of Sighet have legitimate hope for life to get better.

    However, Elie believes Moishe and asks his father to escape to Palestine, legally. His father refuses.
  • The Germans invaded Hungary.

    Anti- Semitic acts were spreading through the country quickly. The Jews of Sighet still believed they were far enough away that they were safe from these attacks.
  • The Germans invaded Sighet.

  • Life continues for Elie without any meaning.

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    The eight days of Passover.

    The Jews didn't want to bother the Germans, so they met in houses.
  • The Germans finally became oppressive.

    Edicts were passed: Jews must were the yellow star, Jews could not leave their houses, and Jewish leaders were arrested.
  • Two ghettos were set up for the Jews; they were still permitted to leave.

    A family friend begged the Wiesels to leave, but they refused,
  • The Wiesels are shipped off to Aushwitz in a cattle car.

  • Once at Aushwitz, Elie sticks with his father.

    He leaves his mother and sister behind. He never saw them again.
  • Elie and his father see a distant cousin in the camps.

    The cousin asks about his family, Elie lies and says they are fine. The cousin is overjoyed, so he gave Elie his rations. He disappears soon after, when he found out that his family was already dead.
  • Elie and his father are moved to Buna,

  • Elie meets a French girl.

    She gives him hope by encouraging him not to give up on life. He later found out that she was an undercover Jew.
  • Elie walks in on Idek sleeping with a Polish girl, bringing severe trouble and punishment to him.

  • Elie gives up on God.

    He doesn't fast on Yom Kippur, and decides that man is stronger than God on Rosh Hashanah.
  • Elie works too hard and his foot swells up.

    He needs surgery. He stays in the hospital, but leaves when an air raid alarm goes off in an effort to stay with his father. He later discovers that the people in the hospital were liberated 3 days later.
  • Elie and his father are moved to Buchenwald.

    As time goes on, Elie's father is becoming less and less hopeful about life as he becomes weaker.
  • Elie's father dies.

    As he dies, he keeps calling for his son; Elie is too afraid to go to him. When he wakes up, his father is gone.
  • Elie is freed.

    All he can do is eat. He nearly dies from food poisonin, but when he is healed, he doesn't recognize his corpse-like figure in the mirror.