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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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vocabulary for night
Vocabulary forNight

by Elie Weisel

synagogue
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
Gestapo

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.

Pg. 4

Geheime Staats Polizei

(GeStaPo)

diplomacy
diplomacy

the art of negotiation

Besides, people were interested in everything: in strategy, in diplomacy, in politics, in Zionism—but not their own fate.

Pg. 6

zionism
Zionism

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.

Pg. 6

red army
Red Army

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.

Pg. 9-10

anecdote
anecdote

story, tale, yarn, sketch

My father was telling them anecdotes and expounding his own views on the situation.

p. 10

deportation
deportation

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.

p. 11

truncheon
truncheon

club, night stick, baton

The Hungarian police struck out with truncheons and rifle butts, to right and left, without reason…

p. 13

abominable
abominable

horrible, causing disgust or hatred

There was an abominable odor floating in the air.

p. 25

incite
incite

to provoke, to stir up

They had knives on them, and they tried to incite the others to throw themselves on the armed guards.

p. 29

monocle
monocle

single eyeglass for one eye

Dr. Mengele…a typical SS officer: a cruel face, but not devoid of intelligence, and wearing a monocle…

p. 29

paternal
paternal

fatherly, like a father

“How old are you?” he asked, in an attempt at a paternal tone

of voice.

p. 29

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