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1

alleviate

Make less severe

The concentration camps obviously did not alleviate the Jews' welfare and lives.

2

cacophony

Discordant loud noises

A cacophony of fatal gunshots aimed at Jews could be heard from the camps.

3

denounce

Condemn; speak out against

The Nazis forced the Jews to denounce their own faith.

4

exasperated

Frustrated; annoyed

The Jews were exasperated by the Nazis' abuse and cruelty to them.

5

ignominy

Shame

Practicing Judaism was seen by the Nazis as an ignominy, since the Nazis saw the Jews as inferior.

6

lithe

Flexible; supple

Many prisoners who were lithe were chosen to live and not die in the camps, due to their physical strength that they showed off.

7

omniscient

All-knowing

If a Jew made the Nazis appear as anything but omniscient, then he or she would be punished severely.

8

pragmatist

Practical person; one who is concerned with usefulness

Hitler was definitely not a pragmatist, because he acted out of racism and superiority toward the Jewish people.

9

saccharin

Falsely sweet

The sign at the camps which read "Work will set you free" were quite saccharin and deceptive as to why the Jews were in the camps.

10

transient

Short-lived; ephemeral

Most Jews' lives in the concentration camps were transient, since many were killed at the camps cruelly.

11

aloof

Distant; detached; cold

Elie's faith in God became aloof during his time at the concentration camps, wondering about why God allowed the Holocaust to occur.

12

cajole

Coax

The Jews were not cajoled in custody, instead, they were handled unfairly and forced to do hard labor.

13

deplete

Use up; lessen

As the Jews spent more time in the camps, their will to live depleted gradually.

14

exceptionable

Very bad (something which we should object to)

The Holocaust was an exceptionable act of homicide, since many Jews were burned and gassed to death in gruesome ways.

15

illuminate

To light up or make clear

The smoke and flames of the burnt Jewish corpses from the camps' chimneys illuminated the dark night sky.

16

livid

Very angry

Some Jews felt livid toward their God, wondering why God decided to "punish" the Jewish people in the Holocaust.

17

onerous

Burdensome; hard to undertake

The work which the Jews did in the concentration camps were exceedingly onerous.

18

preamble

Introductory material

Elie Wiesel's preamble to Night mentions his teacher in the Kabbalah, Moishe the Beadle.

19

sacrosanct

Very holy; inviolable

The Kabbalah and the Torah were very sacrosanct to the Jews.

20

traverse

To move across

The Jews from Sighet, like the Wiesels, were forced to traverse by train from their homeland to different camps, like Auschwitz and Buna.