Courtroom trial (prosecution) for Night by Elie Wiesel.
NIGHT PROJECT (3/15/96) * Opening Statement:
Ladies and gentleman of the jury, the prosecution team is representing the state of Israel against Mr. Idek. He was a kapo ( a Jew forced to be in charge of other Jews ). He was also in charge of the warehouse for electrical equipment. Mr. Idek has been charged with cruelty to the human race and the murder of a myriad Jews at the nazi concentration camp of Buna. We are here today to prove this man's guilt in his heinous crimes against humanity beyond a shadow of a doubt. The prosecution will provide evidence of Mr. Idek beating the Jews he was in charge of just because he happened to be in a bad mood. We will also prove that Mr. Idek took advantage of and sexually harassed multiple women while in charge of the prisoners at the concentration camp. In conclusion the prosecution would ask the jury to listen to all facts and witness presented throughout this case and to come up with the only true verdict that humanity can deliver, guilty.
(Pro - The prosecution team)
(Eliezer - Elie Wiesel)
(Mr. Wiesel - Eliezer's Father)
(Idek - Mr. Idek)
(Juliek - A violinist at the camp)
(Judge - His honorable Yitzach Herschel)
Pro - Eliezer do you see the kapo that was in charge of you at the concentration camp?
Eliezer - yes there ( Eliezer points to Idek ).
Pro - Eliezer, when were you introduced to Idek?
Eliezer - When we reached Buna, the kapos randomly chose us.
Pro - What was your first "bad" impression of Idek?
Eliezer - When Juliek told us to stay away from him when he had his "bouts of madness".
Pro - Did you ever see Idek beat or abuse any of the prisoners?
Eliezer - Yes many times, however, two of the most prominent occasions were when he beat my father and I. The first one he beat my father for not working fast enough to suit him atthe time. The second one was when he beat me for simply getting into his way.
Pro - Did you ever see Mr. Idek engage in any sexual or rape of any young women at the camp while you were under his charge?
Eliezer - Yes, I once walked in on him and a young girl I assume was polish (since the camp had just gotten a trainload of polish Jews). Idek caught me and said, "You wait and see kid . . . . You'll soon find out what leaving your work's going to cost you . . . . You're going to pay for this pretty soon . . . . and now, go back to your place."
Pro - Did he ever carry out his threat?
Eliezer - Yes, Later during roll call Idek called out, "A-7713!" I stepped forward and he ordered me to lay down on a box he had brought out. I did as I was told and then Idek proceeded to whip me I counted 25 lashes of the whip before I lost conciseness.
Pro - Thank -you for your testimony Eliezer. Mr. Wiesel
Pro - Mr. Wiesel do you see the kapo that was in charge of you at Buna?
Mr. Wiesel - Yes, he's over there ( He points at Idek )
Pro - Were you treated any different because of your older age?
Mr. Wiesel - Yes, Idek seemed to take a specific dislike towards me because I was older than most of the men that were in his charge.
Pro - Thanks - you for your testimony Mr. Wiesel. Juliek
Pro - Juliek do you see the kapo that was in charge of you at Buna?
Juliek - Yes, he's over there ( He points at Idek )
Pro - Why were you in the orchestra block?
Juliek - I was there because I am a violinist.
Pro - Did you ever warn Eliezer and his father of Idek?
Juliek - Yes
Pro - Why?
Juliek - I warned them because Idek had a split personality, he could be in a normal mood and only yell and scream at us or he could get into one of his "maddened fits" and start beating up anyone that even looked at him wrong. Also he was in one of his