In Night, Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel starkly recounts “the race toward death” that began for him and his family in the spring of 1944. In his hometown of Sighet, Transylvania, his family, friends, and neighbors live in a state of denial. Twelve-year-old Elie is very devoted to his God and the Talmud. He begins studying with Moshe the Beadle, a poor neighbor who strives to teach Elie that asking the right questions is more important than getting the right answers. One day, Moshe is expelled from the town because he is a foreign Jew. The townspeople rationalize that such things are to be expected in times of war, and they easily accept the stories that the deportees have happily resettled elsewhere. But when a weary Moshe returns to warn his people that the Gestapo shot their foreign friends, Wiesel writes, the “People were interested in everything…but not in their own fate.” With each new development, the optimistic Jews of Sighet adapt and adjust, until the inevitable deportation, when they are forced to leave their illusions behind on the train. Wiesel won the 1986 Nobel Peace Prize for Night, brutally documenting the demise of his community, his family, and his faith.