Night by Elie Wiesel





"...ultimate indifference is the worst that can happen to a human being." -Wiesel



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Read A Book Or Watch A Movie-

There is so much history and so many personal stories to learn about as we study the Holocaust. To help you become better acquainted with the people and history of this time, you'll have an opportunity to do some independent exploring. Below you will find a movie and book recommendation list. Select one book or movie, either from this list or one you discover on your own, have both Ms.Ward and a parent/guardian sign the attached permission form, and start reading (or watching). Once you've finished, write a 2-3 page report on your selected piece. Your written report should NOT be a book report. Instead it is a narrative reflection that incorporates a THEME from the movie or text and connects it to what we have been studying. Finish this assignment by February 28, 2013, and you can earn up to 10 extra credit points!



Compiled in part by Oprah's Book Club


Based on an autobiography by Solomon Perel, this foreign-language film concerns a Jewish-German boy who manages to conceal his identity from the Nazis and ends up a member of their Youth Party.  Genre: Drama


Oskar Schindler (played by Liam Neeson), a greedy German businessman, becomes an unlikely humanitarian amid the Nazi reign when he turns his factory into a refuge for Jews. Winner of seven Academy Awards. Genre: Drama


At the 1942 Wannsee Conference in Berlin, high-ranking German officials decide to exterminate the Jews of Europe. This chilling drama, starring Kenneth Branagh, Stanley Tucci and Colin Firth, shows how one of the greatest crimes against humanity was perpetrated in just over an hour. Genre: Drama



When his family moves from their home in Berlin to a strange new house in Poland, young Bruno befriends Shmuel, a boy who lives on the other side of the fence, where everyone seems to be wearing striped pajamas. Unaware of Shmuel's fate as a Jewish prisoner or the role his own Nazi father plays in his imprisonment, Bruno embarks on a dangerous journey inside the camp's walls. Genre: Drama.


Roberto Benigni's unforgettable fable that proves love, family and imagination conquer all. Winner of three Academy Awards. Genre: Drama


An 11-year old boy hides in the Jewish ghetto from Nazis after his relatives are sent to a concentration camp. Genre: Drama


Five Hungarian Holocaust survivors tell how they survived the final year of World War II during this Academy Award-winning documentary, produced by Steven Spielberg. Genre: Documentary


 A Jewish shopkeeper named Jakob (played by Robin Williams) keeps hope alive by spreading the stories from his "secret radio" throughout the Warsaw ghetto. But Jakob has another secret: He is hiding a girl who escaped deportation. Genre: Drama



 This documentary explores the reasons behind France's collaboration with Nazi Germany from 1940 to 1944. Director Marcel Ophüls mixes archival footage with interviews of Nazi supporters and resistance fighters alike. Genre: Documentary


A French boarding school run by priests seems to be a haven from World War II until a new student arrives, hiding a secret from his classmates and the Gestapo. Based on director Louis Malle's own childhood. Genre: Drama


Using archival material and contemporary interviews, this Academy Award-winning documentary tells the story of the Frank family and their free-spirited daughter Anne. Genre: Documentary


In the late 1930s, parents in Germany, Austria and Czechoslovakia sent 10,000 children to England to live with foster families to protect them from the war. The children, their parents and the transport organizers, remember. Narrated by Judi Dench. Genre: Documentary



An inspiring documentary that captures how middle school students in a small rural community promised to honor every lost soul by collecting one paper clip for each individual exterminated by the Nazis. Genre: Documentary



Oscar-winner Maximillian Schell, Spencer Tracy, Burt Lancaster and Marlene Dietrich star in director Stanley Kramer's film that explores the German war crime trials after World War II. Genre: Drama


Ex-Nazis, survivors and witnesses recount the horrors of the Holocaust during this nine-and-a-half-hour documentary, directed by Claude Lanzmann. Genre: Documentary


This BBC production draws on rare archival footage and the latest academic discoveries to detail the evolution of this infamous "killing factory" and Holocaust masterminds such as Heinrich Himmler, Rudolf Höss and "death doctor" Josef Mengele. Narrated by Samuel West and Oscar-winner Linda Hunt. Genre: Documentary


The Survivors of the Shoah (Hebrew for Holocaust) Foundation grew out of Steven Spielberg's research for his film Schindler's List. He interviewed many survivors of the Holocaust and found that, despite their similar experiences, each had a unique story to tell. In order to preserve these memories for future generations so that the horrors of Nazi Europe might never be forgotten, Spielberg created the foundation, whose mission involves taping interviews with the remaining survivors. Survivors of the Holocaust provides just the briefest glimpse of the many stories the foundation has collected. Genre: Documentary


In 1967, at the Cubberley High School in Palo Alto, California, World History teacher Ron Jones was asked about the Holocaust by a student. "Could it happen here?". According to the press release accompanying the latest retelling of the events that followed, "Jones came up with an unusual answer. He decided to have a two week experiment in dictatorship. His idea was to explain fascism to his class through a game, nothing more. He never intended what resulted, where his class would be turned into a Fascist environment. Where students gave up their freedom for the prospect of being superior to their neighbors. Genre: Docu-drama .





Compiled in part by Oprah's  Book Club 

Two men wait through the night in Palestine. One is a captured English officer. The other is Elisha, a young Israeli freedom fighter whose assignment is to kill the officer. As a survivor of the Nazi death camps, can Elisha commit cold-blooded murder? Fiction (Hill and Wang)


 Day was the original title of the novel initially published in English as The Accident (1962). The powerful conclusion to the author's classic trilogy of Holocaust literature, which includes Night and Dawn, begins when a successful journalist and Holocaust survivor steps off a New York City curb and into the path of an oncoming taxi. Fiction (Hill and Wang)


The journal of a Jewish girl in her early teens describes both the joys and torments of daily life, as well as typical adolescent thoughts, throughout two years spent in hiding with her family during the Nazi occupation of Holland. History - Holocaust (Random House)


These Pulitzer Prize-winning graphic novels tell the story of Vladek Spiegelman, a Jewish survivor of Hitler's Europe, and his son, a cartoonist coming to terms with his father's story. Holocaust Survivors: Biography - Comic books (Pantheon)


Daniel, whose family suffers as the Nazis rise to power in Germany, describes his imprisonment in a concentration camp and his eventual liberation. Juvenille Fiction (Scholastic Paperbacks)


One woman documents her three-year imprisonment in German work camps and eventual liberation by the U.S. Army and Lt. Kurt Klein, whom she married. Biography/Autobiography: Historical - Holocaust (Hill and Wang)  


From his early years with his loving Jewish family to the horrors of Auschwitz to his life as a Nobel Prize-winning novelist, Elie Wiesel tells his story. Biography/Autobiography: Historical - Holocaust - Religion (Random House/Schocken Books)


Written immediately after WWII, Szpilman's extraordinary true story of how he survived during the war in Warsaw, Poland, during the German occupation was also turned into an Academy Award-winning movie starring Adrien Brody. Biography/Autobiography: Historical - Holocaust (Picador)


The chilling, yet inspirational, story of Frankl's struggle to hold on to hope during his three years as a prisoner in Nazi concentration camps. Biography/Autobiography: Historical - Holocaust (Pocket Books/Simon & Schuster) 





The Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity

Elie Wiesel and his wife, Marion, established The Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity soon after he was awarded the 1986 Nobel Prize for Peace. The Foundation's mission, rooted in the memory of the Holocaust, is to combat indifference, intolerance and injustice through international dialogue and youth-focused programs that promote acceptance, understanding and equality.


Remarks at Millennium Evening with Elie Wiesel – “The Perils of Indifference: Lessons Learned from a Violent Century”

Read and reflect on Elie Wiesel’s speech to President Clinton and the attendees of the Millennium evening lecture in April of 1999.


Speak Truth To Power: An Interview with Elie Wiesel

“What I want, what I’ve hoped for all my life, is that my past should not become your children’s future.”


First Person Singular

This site, sponsored by Public Broadcasting Stations (PBS), features interviews, timelines, and speeches made about and by Elie Wiesel.


Chicago Public Library

Chicago recently chose Night for its all city read.  This site has a great deal of information on both the book and on the author.




Fragments of a Lost World: Resources and Organizations on Holocaust Education for the Philly Area

An amazing wealth of local resources for learning more about the Holocaust.


The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

Watch streaming videos of interviews, listen to free podcasts, and learn all you can from this amazing resource.

An amazing and diverse collection of web resources for learning more about the history and impact of the Holocaust.


Holocaust Resources

This site, sponsored by the Florida Center for Instructional Technology, features links to sound recordings, streaming videos, primary historical documents, and so much more.  This site contains a wealth of information, including the following pages:


Holocaust Timeline

This page contains links to a great deal of historical information on World War II, specifically focusing on the development of the concentration camps in Nazi occupied Germany, Poland, and Russia.


Movie Clips

This page features many streaming video clips of historical images as well as survivors talking about their struggles.


Memory and Witness

 Listen to this podcast as Nobel Peace Laureate Elie Wiesel discusses the importance of remembering the events of the Holocaust.




Voices on Genocide Prevention, The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

Bridget Conley-Zilkic, Project Director of the Committee on Conscience, recently talked to Louise Mushikiwabo about her new book, Rwanda Means the Universe: A Native's Memoir of Blood and Bloodlines.  Listen to her podcast on the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s website.


On the Atrocities in Sudan by Elie Wiesel

Read author Elie Wiesel’s remarks on the genocide happening currently in the Darfur region of the Sudan.


Human Rights Watch

An information packed site with information about a number of different genocides, including a wealth of information on the Rwandan and Sudanese conflicts.


The Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, University of Minnesota

A wealth of information which includes primary documents.


Facing History and Ourselves

Facing History and Ourselves is based on the belief that education in a democracy must be what Alexis de Tocqueville called "an apprenticeship in liberty." Facing History helps students find meaning in the past and recognize the need for participation and responsible decision making.



Mordechai Anielewicz Creative Arts Competition on the Holocaust

Sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia


The Holocaust Remembrance Project 

Annual Essay Contest