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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


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


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



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


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


story, tale, yarn, sketch

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

p. 10


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


club, night stick, baton

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

p. 13


horrible, causing disgust or hatred

There was an abominable odor floating in the air.

p. 25


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


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


fatherly, like a father

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

of voice.

p. 29