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. Dawn is a work of fiction. 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), a paramilitary group 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.
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