Night Summary

  • Last updated on March 25, 2021
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title Night
original title Un di Velt Hot Geshvign
image caption Hill & Wang Edition
author Elie Wiesel
translator Marion Wiesel
country Buenos Aires: Central Union of Polish Jews in Argentina
language Yiddish (original) English (translated)
genre(s) Historical fiction
publisher Hill & Wang Edition
release date 1956
media type Hardback and Paperback
pages 120
isbn 0374500010
Night is not a memoir, but is certainly based on the author, Elie Wiesel's, own experiences in a concentration camp during the Holocaust.

The story of Night concerns Eliezer, an Orthodox Jew, who is persecuted by the Nazis during the Second World War.

Character Summaries


The narrator of the story, and a fictional version of Wiesel.


Eliezer's father.

Moishe the Beadle

Eliezer's teacher. At first nobody believes that his experiences with the Nazis are true.

Akiba Drumer

Another Holocaust victim who becomes disillusioned because of his experiences.

Madame Schächter

Another Jewish woman from Eliezer's community. Nobody believes her claims on the train to Auschwitz, but it turns out what she is saying is true.


A violinist Eliezer meets in Auschwitz.

Tibi and Yosi

Two brothers Eliezer befriends.

Dr. Josef Mengele

The infamous Nazi doctor.


Eliezer's Kapo in Auschwitz.


Eliezer's foreman in Auschwitz.

Rabbi Eliahou

A Rabbi who is abandoned by his son in Auschwitz. This shocks Eliezer and he swears to never be like the man's son.


A fellow prisoner in Auschwitz.


A relative of Eliezer's.

Hilda, Bea and Tzipora

Eliezer's sisters.


Plot Summary

At the beginning of the story, Eliezer is a teenager living in Hungarian Transylvania. He is a student of the Torah and the Caballa. His teacher, Moishe the Beadle, is arrested and taken away by the Nazis.

When Moishe returns, he tells Eliezer of his awful experiences. Nobody believes that what Moishe is saying is true, though - surely it couldn't be happening.

In 1944 the Nazis occupy Hungary and life becomes a lot more difficult for the Jewish population living there. At first they are forced to live in a ghetto and then they are all taken a concentration camp, Eliezer included.

Eventually, Eliezer slowly begins to lose all faith in human relationships and in God. Eliezer is desperate not to be parted from his father, who eventually dies in the concentration camp.

Eliezer survives the horrors of the concentration camp until it is liberated by the American Forces in 1945. He is irrevocably changed by his experience, however.

Categories: Memoirs