The Zionists are fighting for the establishment of a Jewish state. A member of the armed Jewish underground has been sentenced to death by the British authorities.
Elisha is an eighteen-year-old survivor of Buchenwald. Since traveling to Palestine, Elisha has joined a terrorist group to rid Palestine of the English. Now, Elisha has been commanded to murder John Dawson, an Englishman, as retribution for the death of David ben Moshe, another member in the Movement.
He has until dawn to carry out his orders. The novel begins on a hot autumn evening in Palestine, and Elisha dwells on his orders to kill a man that he has never seen. Elisha looks out the window at the growing darkness, listening as a child cries nearby.
Gad encourages him to put his doubts out of mind, assuring him that it is war, but Elisha cannot do it. He instead recalls a beggar he met before the Holocaust—when his parents were still alive and when God was still in their town—that taught him to distinguish night from day.
At the time, he had remembered that the prophet Elijah was said to sometimes dress as a beggar and so Elisha took the beggar from the synagogue to his home. Along the way, the beggar told him to look into a window. If he saw a face, he could be sure that night had come since night does have a face.
Night comes suddenly, and Elisha looks into the window and sees his own face in the darkness. Elisha recalls that a month ago, David ben Moshe was wounded during a terrorist action and subsequently captured.
The Movement spread word through posters and underground radio broadcasts that David ben Moshe was not to be harmed. The Movement had lost enough members to the British, and so the Old Man had decided that they would match every murder of one of their own with the murder of a British soldier.
The military tribunal nevertheless sentenced David ben Moshe to death, and so the Movement began to watch the English soldiers. When it became clear that John Dawson took solitary walks every evening, the Movement abducted him. The High Commission of Palestine responded quickly.
However, Dawson remained hidden, while the people wondered if the British were capable of carrying out a pogrom.
World opinion, they told each other, would surely not allow it; then again, world opinion did not stop Hitler. Still, Elisha knows that Zionist leaders contacted the Old Man, who explained that they could not give in to the English.
Only violence would be understood. World opinion did put pressure on the English, but the Secretary of State for Colonial Affairs was confident that the Jews would not follow through on their threat.
So, the Old Man sent his orders to Elisha through Gad, who once again assures Elisha that it is war and that he should not torture himself with what he is about to do. Elisha recalls when he met Gad.
The French offered him asylum, and so he left Bechenwald for Paris. He did not want to return home, but he did want to study philosophy to answer the questions he had about what happened to him in the camps.
He explained that they would create a free Israel in Palestine. Though Elisha had long cherished such an idea, his family had not been Zionists. Still, thinking of a country in which the Jews would not be persecuted, Elisha agreed to join the Movement in order to strike fear in the hearts of the English.
Elisha listens to the Voice of Freedom, a radio broadcast, with Gad. The speaker, a member of the Movement, discusses David ben Moshe's hanging. Only a few people know the identity of the woman, but Elisha is one of them. Her name is Ilana and she is in love with Gad.
Ilana next begins to discuss John Dawson, who is to die in the morning. Elisha puts his head in his hands as he listens to her. Elisha tells himself that he has likely killed before in previous terrorist actions.They told the man in the dungeon that he was going to die at dawn and the man said that he was hungry.
The narrator thought that it was impossible for the man to be hungry. The stomach tells a man when he is about to die and that same stomach told the man that he was going to die.
Transcript of Dawn by Elie Wiesel. Themes & Symbolism Dawn - executions of Jews & hostages Dawn second book in the "Night" trilogy published in continues to describe experiences and stories during and after the Holocaust Summary takes place in Palestine after the second world war the Jews and British are at war with eachother the main.
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Clear rating. 1 of 5 stars 2 of 5 stars 3 of 5 stars 4 of 5 stars 5 of 5 stars. Dawn Quotes (showing of 52) “Night is purer than day; it is better for thinking and loving and dreaming. At night everything is more intense, more true.
― Elie Wiesel, Dawn. 1 likes. Like. Elie Wiesel’s Dawn is a novel set in British controlled Palestine after the Second World War. Elisha is an eighteen-year-old survivor of Buchenwald.
Since traveling to Palestine, Elisha has.