Hungary annexes parts of Romania, including Sighet.
“All foreign Jews were expelled from Sighet.” pg. 6 // This was the first real event that personally affected Wiesel and someone he knew (first evidence of the atrocities).
“German Army vehicles made their appearance on our streets.” pg. 9 // Germans have come into Wiesel’s life, suggesting an inescapable, bleak future.
“Two ghettos were created in Sighet.” pg. 11 // This decree was the first to greatly disturb Wiesel’s life, causing him to start drifting away from what it used to be.
“Transports.” pg. 13 // This signaled the point of no return, and a future full of uncertainty.
“The next morning, we walked toward the station, where a convoy of cattle cars was waiting… We were on our way.” pg. 22 // This was the point of no return, The single most important life-changing event in this text. There was no escape.
“We had arrived. In Birkenau.” pg. 28 // This was the first glimpse Wiesel had of the place that will obliterate his identity, and kill his god, forever changing him.
“Why should I sanctify His name?” pg. 33 // This was the first instance in this text where Wiesel shows animosity towards his god, indicating a change in his personality and a shifting away from his god.
“What had happened to me? My father had just been struck, in front of me, and I had not even blinked. I had watched and kept silent.” pg. 39 // This shows the start of a change in his personality, that would continue for the rest of his days in the camps. This change would affect his empathy towards others, especially towards his father.
“Never shall I forget that night, the first night in camp, that turned my life into one long night seven times sealed.” pg 34. // The first night that Wiesel had spent in Birkenau solidified his fears, creating a nightmare that he could not awaken from.
“I felt no pity for him. In fact, I was pleased with what was happening to him” pg. 52 // This shows a large shift in his personality and identity. He wished for someone to die, to keep his gold to himself.
“The executioner completed his work… I remember that on that evening, the soup tasted better than ever…” pgs. 62, 63 // This shows another large shift in Wiesel’s changing personality and identity. He has been so desensitized to death, that even after watching a man die, he found the flavor of the soup to be notable.
Jan 29, 1945
“... a worker took a piece of bread out of his bag and threw it into a wagon. There was a stampede.” pg. 100 // This shows not only how bad the prisoners were treated, but also how each and every one of them had changed into uncivilized creatures due to the harshness of their environment.
“But now, I no longer pleaded for anything. I was no longer able to lament.” pg. 68 // This shows a stark contrast between his faith earlier on in the text, compared to now, where Wiesel is angry at his god and is rejecting him. It shows how the atrocities taking place around him continue to kill his god and change him into someone whom he does not recognize.
Apr 11, 1945
“I woke up at dawn on January 29. On my father’s cot there lay another sick person.” pg. 112 // Wiesel had lost his only reason to live and persevere. He continued his life in the camps idly.
“... The first American tank stood at the gates of Buchenwald.” pg. 115 // The liberation of the prisoners, Wiesel was free from the concentration camps at last.
Apr 11, 1945
“No thought of revenge, or of our parents. Only of bread.” pg. 115 // This statement truly shows the immediate after-effects of the Holocaust. Millions were killed, those who managed to survive will forever be broken, such as the men who only sought bread after losing everything even their very selves.