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Prewar European population: 9.5 millionMost Jews lived in eastern Europe, primarily in the Soviet Union and Poland.The Nazi party came to power in Germany in 1933.The Germans moved to extend their power in central Europe, annexing Austria and destroying Czechoslavkia.Germany invaded Poland in 1939, beginning World War II. Over the next two years, German forces conquered most of Europe.The Germans established ghettos in occupied eastern territories, isolating and persecuting the Jewish population.Nazi anti-Jewish policy expanded with the invasion of the Soviet Union in 1941.Mobile killing units murdered Jews, Roma (also called Gypsies), Soviet political commissars and others.The Germans and their collaborators deported Jews to extermination camps in occupied Poland.At the largest extermination camp, Auschwitz-Birkenau, transports arrived almost daily from across Europe.By war’s end, almost six million Jews and millions of others had perished in the Holocaust.Postwar European Jewish Population, 1950: 3.5 million

Night is a personal memoir written by Elie Wiesel. The memoir chronicles Wiesel’s imprisonment in a Nazi concentration camp during World War II. The memoir is a firsthand account of one of the darkest times in human history.


WWII Facts

Wiesel was born on September 30, 1928 in Sighet, Transylvania. Elie Wiesel is a Nobel-Prize winning writer, teacher and activist best known for the memoir Night, in which he recounts his experiences surviving the Holocaust.

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LinksUS Holocaust Memorial MuseumHistory Channel- The Holocaust Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity Shmoop Study Resources- Night Lit Charts Study Resources- Night

Night by Elie Wiesel



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