every january, our 8th grade language arts department at my school teaches the memoir, Night by Elie Wiesel, with our students- which is a real life account about Elie's time in a concentration camp during the Holocaust at the age of 15~ it's usually a somber, emotional, and life changing month for several of our students.
as we wrap up this unit, i wanted to share some of the materials and synthesis projects that my students presented to their peers this past tuesday 2.5.13 ... their creativity and effort on this project, never seems to amaze me. i was so proud of them... after their presentations, our class discussions were so powerful and moving. i pray and hope that they are walking away as better citizens after reading this exceptional memoir - and most of all, reminded about the evil acts of hatred that occurred; in hopes that it will never be repeated again.
|black and white photos line my walls during january to create a strong and relevant visual|
Never shall I forget that night, the first night in camp, that turned my life into one long night seven times sealed.
Never shall I forget that smoke.
Never shall I forget the small faces of the children whose bodies I saw transformed into smoke under a silent sky.
Never shall I forget those flames that consumed my faith for ever.
Never shall I forget the nocturnal silence that deprived me for all eternity of the desire to live.
Never shall I forget those moments that murdered my God and my soul and turned my dreams to ashes.
Never shall I forget those things, even were I condemned to live
as long as God Himself.
from Night by Elie Wiesel.
Copyright © 1958 by Les Editions de Minuit.
Translation copyright © 2006 by Marion Wiesel.