by Elie Wiesel
Eliezer “Elie” Wiesel is a 15-year-old Orthodox Jew living in Sighet, Hungary in 1943. Elie spends most of his time studying the Talmud and discussing life and religion with his synagogue’s caretaker, Moshe the Beadle. Soon, the government begins to take a new stance on Jews living in Hungary. Moshe the Beadle is forced onto a cattle train and taken to Poland, only to escape, returning to Sighet to warn the Jews of the horrors he witnessed at the hands of the Gestapo.