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Part 2: Nightby Elie Wiesel

“For evil to fourish, it only requires good men to do nothing.” ― Simon Wiesenthal, Holocaust Survivor

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  • Read pages 29-46
  • Comprehension Check Questions
  • Analyze Poem by John Donne

Section 3 Overview

Elie Wiesel was deported to Auschwitz in 1944 at the age of 15. This video is a drone overview of Auschwitz in 2015. Drone video shows the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp as it is today - 70 years after it was liberated by Soviet troops. The camp in Poland is now maintained as a World Heritage Site and is visited by thousands of tourists and survivors every year. Auschwitz was the largest camp established by the Germans during World War II. More than a million people - the vast majority of them Jews - died there between 1940, when it was built, and 1945, when it was liberated by the Soviet army.

Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration Camp

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  • As they arrived at Auschwitz, why do you think Elie was apprehensive when the women went one way and the men went the other way? Were his fears realistic? Explain.
  • Why did Elie lie to Stein, Reizel’s husband?
  • Do you think Elie and his father believed that Tzipora and Elie’s mother were still alive? Explain.
Comprehension Check:

Read Pages 29-46

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John Donne (1572-1631) was an English poet whose time spent as a cleric in the Church of England often influenced the subjects of his poetry. In 1623, Donne suffered a nearly fatal illness, which inspired him to write abook of meditations on pain, health, and sickness called Devotions upon Emergent Occasions. "No Man is an Island" is a famous section of "Meditation XVII" from this book. Though the text was originally a paragraph taken from an essay, it has been adapted over the course of the many years it has been in the public domain and is sometimes presented as a poem. The original source of the line breaks in the "poem" version is unknown. As you read, take notes on how the author uses figurative language to describe humanity

"No Man Is an Island"by John Donne

Cite evidence from the text on how Elie's community functions as a collective.

"No Man Is an Island"by John Donne

Read the following poem, "No Man Is an Island" by John Donne. The speaker in this poem explains the interconnectedness of all humankind. You will use your analysis of the poem to draw an interpretation of what it means for Elie to be part of a collective identity. In what ways does Elie's community in Sighet function as a collective? What do you think are the advantages and disadvantages of having a collective voice?