"Never shall I forget that night, the first night in camp, which has turned my life into one long night, seven times cursed and seven times sealed.
Never shall I forget that smoke. Never shall I forget the little faces of the children, whose bodies I saw turned into wreaths of smoke beneath a silent blue sky.
Never shall I forget those flames which consumed my faith forever.
Never shall I forget that nocturnal silence which deprived me, for all eternity, of the desire to live.
Never shall I forget those moments which murdered my God and my soul and turned my dreams to dust.
Never shall I forget these things, even if I am condemned to live as long as God Himself.
"Comrades, you are now in the concentration camp Auschwitz. Ahead of you lies a long road paved with suffering. Don’t loose hope. You have already eluded the worst danger: the selection. Therefore, muster your strength and keep your faith. We shall all see the day of liberation. Have faith in life, a thousand times faith. By driving out despair, you will move away from death. Hell does not last forever … And now, here is a prayer, or rather a piece of advice: let there be camaraderie among you. We are all brothers and share the same fate. The same smoke hovers over all our heads. Help each other. That is the only way to survive. And now, enough said, you are tired. Listen: you are in Block 17; I am responsible for keeping order here. Anyone with a complaint may come to see me. That is all. Go to sleep. Two people to a bunk. Good night" (3.41).
Thoughts of Love
*All Book Thief assignments should be turned in.
We finished chapters 3 and 4 of Night. Chapter 3 in particular holds the heart of this book, both it's darkness and its hope. Paying special attention to this portion you have two assignments on StudySync: Vocab.: Chapter 3 and an annotation/quiz portion of Chapter 3. Please complete both for Tuesday/Wednesday. There will be some time in class to work and review. There is an extra credit portion to read and annotate, and/or respond to. It is completely optional and will disappear on Monday. Please take a moment to think about Wiesel's message of brotherhood. May you find love and hope. Happy Valentines. :)
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