Monday, April 8, 2013

Night by Elie Wiesel

Horrors of the Holocaust (Holocaust Week)

Today, April 8, 2013 is Holocaust Remembrance Day—lest it be forgotten and history repeat itself. 

Night by Elie Wiesel is the hauntingly powerful memoir of a teenager who survived the Holocaust.  Wiesel describes in terrifying detail the ordeal of his time with his father in concentration camps in World War II. This book is both hard to read and hard to put down. While the writing is simple and honest, the vivid descriptions of anguish and suffering are painful to examine.  The devastating, relentless, and senseless atrocities are unfathomable. Yet, this is one book everyone should read, “lest the Holocaust should be forgotten and history repeat itself.”

“Never shall I forget that night, the first night in camp, that turned my life into one long night seven times sealed.”

Elie Wiesel, Night, (New York: Hill and Wang, A Division of Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2006), 34.

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  1. This book looks like an invented novel, not like a faithful biography.

  2. I disagree with the prior comment. Perhaps you are one who believes the Holocaust never happened, and that's why you hide behind an anonymous comment.

    I think this is a must read! Thank you for the review.

  3. I think this is a fantastic book to introduce adolescents to the Holocaust. Elie's story is haunting, yet incredibly engaging. I do not think it is an "invented novel." I believe that Wiesel faithfully wrote this memoir based on his true experiences. One must also consider that he was a young boy when these events transpired. Is it really practical to think that he remembers every detail of his traumatic experiences from that time in his life? I don't think so. I believe that he wrote this story to the best of his ability, and I dislike how many people spend time and energy trying to disprove the validity of his story. I agree that Night is a must read and would be an awesome book to teach and share with others because of its strong message.