Dawn (Wiesel novel)

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Author Elie Wiesel
Subject British Mandate of Palestine paramilitary group
Genre War fiction
Publisher Les Editions de Seuil
Publication date
Pages 81
Followed by Day

Dawn is a novel by Elie Wiesel, published in 1961. It is the second in a trilogy— Night, Dawn, and Day—describing Wiesel's experiences or thoughts during and after the Holocaust.[1]

Dawn is an original work of fiction.[2] It tells the story of Elisha, a Holocaust survivor. After the war, Elisha moves to the British Mandate of Palestine and joins the Irgun (in the book known as the Movement) determined to oust the British from the area. One night, he is told he must execute a British officer at dawn. The novel covers his internal struggle leading up to the execution, looking back on his life and those that have affected it.[3]

Film adaptations[edit]

Elie Wiesel's novel L'Aube (Dawn) was adapted twice to the screen:

Other books by Elie Wiesel[edit]


  1. ^ Blum, Harold. Elie Wiesel's Night. Infobase Publishing, 2009, p. 69.
  2. ^ Wiesel, Elie. The Night Trilogy. p. 139 ISBN 0-8090-7364-1
  3. ^ Wiesel, Elie. The Night Trilogy. p. 140 ISBN 0-8090-7364-1