Night Revision

Hopefully, you have spent some time in the holidays re-reading and revising Elie Wiesel’s Night. Remember the book is a memoir and you circle non-fiction in your extended text booklet. A couple of terms I would like to clarify are ‘Holocaust’ and ‘Shoah’. The term ‘Holocaust’ came originally from the Greek word ‘holokauston’ which means ‘sacrifice by fire’ and it refers to the Nazi’s persecution and planned slaughter of the Jewish people. Please note the capital letter for the Holocaust. The Hebrew word ‘Shoah’ means ‘devastation, ruin, or waste’ and it is also used for this genocide.

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