Night Had Fallen (2)

June 14, 2006

More from Night (pgs. 80-81, emphasis mine),

"But two days after my operation, rumors swept through the camp that the battlefront had suddenly drawn nearer. The Red Army was racing toward Buna: it was only a matter of hours.

We were quite used to this kind of rumor. It wasn't the first time that false prophets announced to us: peace-in-the-world, the-Red-Cross-is-negotiating-our-liberation, or other fables . . . And we would believe them . . . It was like an injection of morphine.

Only this time, these prophecies seemed more founded. During the last nights we had heard canons in the distance.

My faceless neighbor spoke up:

"Don't be deluded. Hitler has made it clear that he will annihilate all jews before the clock strikes twelve.

I exploded:

"What do you care what he said? Would you want us to consider him a prophet?"

His cold eyes stared at me. At least, he said wearily:

"I have more faith in Hitler than in anyone else. He alone has kept his promises, all his promises, to the Jewish people."

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2 Responses to “Night Had Fallen (2)”


  1. […] My posts (#1, #2 , #3, #4) on Night were varied – a few from the book itself, one from the preface, and one from Wiesel’s Nobel prize acceptance speech. The common thread in all of them was the numerous mentions of faith, and each quote demonstrated different aspects of Wiesel’s faith, particularly loss and renewal. And the post that ties them all together is this: […]


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