the act of attaining a new office or right or position
“For today, thanks to recently discovered documents, the evidence shows that in the early days of their
accession to power, the Nazis in Germany set out to build a society in which there simply would be no room for Jews” (Wiesel 8).
flexibility to fit changed circumstances
cause to change; make different
Over time, the cells have adapted to life in plastic petri dishes,
their genetic make-up and behaviour.Nature (Feb 16, 2016)
a very large pot that is used for boiling
“I fought my way to the coffee
cauldron like a wild beast” (Weisel 106).
one's overall condition in life
Yet applying his ideas across the whole range of human
is a trickier subject than this pretty series wants to tackle.New York Times (Feb 17, 2016)
an ability to understand the meaning of something
“Would they be able to comprehend how?” (Wiesel 10).
“Did I write it so as not to go mad or, on the
contrary, to go mad in order to understand the nature of madness, the immense, terrifying madness that had erupted in history and in the conscience of mankind?” (Wiesel vii).
crowd or pack to capacity
Crammed into cattle cars by the hungarian police, they cried silently" (Wiesel 6).
expel from a country
“The train with the deportees had crossed the Hungarian border and, once in Polish territory, had been taken over by the Gestapo” (Wiesel 6).
“Why not for others more
deserving than myself?” (Wiesel viii).
dig up for reburial or for medical investigation
“Special units would then
disinter the corpses and burn them” (Wiesel 3).
any supernatural being worshipped as controlling the world
"Not to learn it by heart but to discover
within the very essence of
divinity" (Wiesel 5).
skillful at evading capture
“But what exactly was ‘it’? 'It’ was something
elusive” (Wiesel 2).
intensity or forcefulness of expression
"From that day on, I saw him often. He explained to me, with great
emphasis, that every question possessed a power that was lost in the answer. . . (Wiesel 5).
the totality of surrounding conditions
Free radicals are teeny molecules released in our modern-day
and produced when our body breaks down certain foods.Washington Post (Feb 15, 2016)
"...terrifying madness that had to
erupt in history and in the conscience of mankind?” (Night vii).
the act of expelling a person from their native land
“He sang, or rather he chanted, and the few snatches I caught here and there spoke of divine suffering, of the Shekhinah in
Exile, where, according to Kabbalah, it awaits its redemption linked to that of man” (Wiesel 3).
kill on a large scale
“At that time we knew nothing about the Nazis’ extermination methods” (Wiesel 12).
loyal and reliable
“We spoke that way almost every evening, remaining in the synagogue long after all the
faithful had gone, sitting in the semi-darkness where only a few half-burnt candles provided a flickering light” (Wiesel 5).
intermittently stopping and starting
“She continued to scream and sob fitfully” (Wiesel 77).
“...a few half-burnt candles provided a
flickering light” (Wiesel 5).
harangued us from the center of the barrack” (Wiesel 38).
causing extreme distress
“Yet his plaintive,
harrowing voice went on the piercing the silence and calling me, nobody but me” (Wiesel 11).
causing fear or dread or terror
“I remember that night, the most
horrendous of my life” (Wiesel xi).
an erroneous mental representation
“In the beginning there was faith-which is childish; trust-which is vain; and illusion-which is dangerous” (Wiesel 10).
unusually great in size or amount or extent or scope
“Did I write it so as not to go mad or, on the contrary, to go mad in
order to understand the nature of madness, the
immense, terrifying madness that had erupted in history and in the conscience of mankind?” (Wiesel vii).
marked by a lack of interest
"Eight words spoken quietly, indifferently, without emotion" (Wiesel 28).
being favorably inclined
“He smiled indulgently” (Wiesel 5).
absence of moral or spiritual values
“I believe that on that day, I first became aware of the mystery of the
iniquity whose exposure marked the end of an era and the beginning of another” (Wiesel 13).
a gift of personal property by will
“Was it to leave behind a
legacy of words, of memories, to help prevent history repeating itself?” (Wiesel vii).
the quality of being restricted
“Painfully aware of my
limitations, I watched helplessly as language became an obstacle” (Wiesel ix).
remain present although waning or gradually dying
“Just as the past
lingers in the present, all my writings after Night...” (Wiesel vii).
deficient in amount or quality or extent
“All the dictionary had to offer seemed
meager, pale, lifeless (Wiesel ix).
a marvelous event brought about by a divine being
miracle?” (Wiesel vii).
peculiarly fortunate, as if by divine intervention
“You cannot understand. I was saved miraculously” (Wiesel 7)
beyond ordinary understanding
“There are a thousand and one gates allowing entry into the orchard of
mystical truth” (Wiesel 5).
a religion based on communion with an ultimate reality
"Maimonides tells us that one must be thirsty before venturing into the world of
mysticism" (Wiesel 4).
the state of being bound to do or pay something
“I only know that without this testimony, my life as a writer—or my life, period— would not have become what it is: that of a witness who believes he has a moral
obligation to try to prevent the enemy from enjoying one last victory by allowing his crimes to be erased from human memory” (Wiesel viii).
the state of being disregarded or forgotten
“...to wander through space until the end of time, seeking redemption, seeking
oblivion, without any hope of finding either” (Wiesel 36).
a person disposed to take a favorable view of things
optimists were jubilant: ‘Well?What did we tell you? You wouldn't believe us. There they are, your Germans What do you say now? Where is their famous cruelty?'" (Weisel 10).
a small cultivated area where fruit trees are planted
“There are a thousand and one gates allowing the entry into the
orchard of mystical truth” (Wiesel 5).
a severe or trying experience
“Or was it simply to preserve a record of the
ordeal I endured as an adolescent, at an age when one’s knowledge of death and evil should be limited to what one discovers in literature?” (Wiesel vii).
a state of extreme poverty or destitution
“He was poor and lived in utter
penury” (Wiesel 3).
cause to become stunned or immobile, as with fear or awe
petrified. What happend to me?” (Wiesel 39).
any state or process known through the senses
“How to explain this
phenomenon?” (Wiesel 14).
presence bothered no one” (Wiesel 3).
to a great depth psychologically
“Just as the past lingers in the present, all my writings after Night, including those that deal with biblical, Talmudic, or Hasidic themes,
profoundly bear its stamp, and cannot be understood if one has not read this very first of my works” (Weisel vii).
conspicuous in position or importance
prominent members of the community came to consult with my father, who had connections at the upper levels of the Hungarian police;the wanted to know what he thought of the situation” (Weisel 11).
the act of delivering from sin or saving from evil
“...it awaits its
redemption liked to that of man” (Wiesel 3).
contemplation of things past
retrospect I must confess that I do not know, or no longer know,what wanted to achieve with my words” (Wiesel 3).
marked by tender, romantic, or nostalgic emotion
“My father was a cultured man, rather unsentimental” (Wiesel 4).
stammered” (Weisel 79).
of high moral or intellectual value
“The weather was
sublime” (Wiesel 10).
come upon or take unawares
We should not be
that students arrive at college ignorant and biased and find reinforcement for their intolerance.Washington Post (Feb 17, 2016)
the place of worship for a Jewish congregation
synagogues were no longer open” (Wiesel 10).
impossible to come to understand
“And that the connection between the cross and human suffering remains, in my view, the key to the
unfathomable mystery in which the faith of his childhood was lost?” (Weisel 8).
“He was poor and lived in
utter penury” (Wiesel 3).
a sudden or mysterious disappearance
“Or incredibly, the
vanishing of a beautiful, well-behaved Jewish girl with golden hair and a sad smile. murdered with her mother the very night of their arrival?” (Wiesel ix).
a homeless child especially one forsaken or orphaned
“His waiflike shyness made people smile” (Wiesel 3).