Vocabulary for Night. by Elie Weisel. synagogue. Jewish place of worship. During the day I studied the Talmud, and at night I ran to the synagogue to weep over the destruction of the Temple. Pg. 1. Phillips Sanctuary Adath Jeshurun Congregation. Gestapo.
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by Elie Weisel
Jewish place of worship
During the day I studied the Talmud, and at night I ran to the synagogue to weep over the destruction of the Temple.
Adath Jeshurun Congregation
literally: internal security police;a Nazi organization infamous for cruelty
The train full of deportees had crossed the Hungarian frontier and on Polish territory had been taken in charge by the Gestapo … Without passion, without haste, they slaughtered their prisoners.
Geheime Staats Polizei
the art of negotiation
Besides, people were interested in everything: in strategy, in diplomacy, in politics, in Zionism—but not their own fate.
Jewish nationalist movement to establish a homeland in Palestine
We doubted that [Hitler] wanted to exterminate us ... people were interested in everything—in strategy, in diplomacy, in politics, in Zionism—but not in their own fate.
name for Soviet army from 1918-1945
The general opinion was that we were going to remain in the ghetto until the end of the war, until the arrival of the Red Army.
story, tale, yarn, sketch
My father was telling them anecdotes and expounding his own views on the situation.
banishment, removal from a country of an alien whose presence is unlawful or prejudicial
“I have terrible news,” he said at last. “Deportation.”
The ghetto was to be completely wiped out.
club, night stick, baton
The Hungarian police struck out with truncheons and rifle butts, to right and left, without reason…
horrible, causing disgust or hatred
There was an abominable odor floating in the air.
to provoke, to stir up
They had knives on them, and they tried to incite the others to throw themselves on the armed guards.
single eyeglass for one eye
Dr. Mengele…a typical SS officer: a cruel face, but not devoid of intelligence, and wearing a monocle…
fatherly, like a father
“How old are you?” he asked, in an attempt at a paternal tone