From 11:00PM PDT on Friday, July 1 until 5:00AM PDT on Saturday, July 2, the Shmoop engineering elves will be making tweaks and improvements to the site. That means Shmoop will be unavailable for use during that time. Thanks for your patience!
We have changed our privacy policy. In addition, we use cookies on our website for various purposes. By continuing on our website, you consent to our use of cookies. You can learn about our practices by reading our privacy policy.
© 2016 Shmoop University, Inc. All rights reserved.
Night

Night

  

by Elie Wiesel

Analysis: Allusions

When authors refer to other great works, people, and events, it’s usually not accidental. Put on your super-sleuth hat and figure out why.

Historical Figures

  • Adolf Hitler (throughout)
  • Dr. Josef Mengele (5.55-59)—Dr. Mengele has come to represent the horrors and evils of Nazi medicine and experimentation in the concentration camps. It was his job to "select" prisoners for death or for labor. He was the chief doctor at Birkenau, part of Auschwitz, and seemed to have authority beyond that. He may have been the doctor who sent the largest number of people to the gas chambers and the crematorium ovens. He is known especially for his study of and experimentation on twins. You can read more about him here.

People who Shmooped this also Shmooped...

Advertisement