IF IN MY LIFETIME I WAS TO WRITE only one book, this would be the one. Just as the past lingers in the present, all my writ- ings after Night, including those that . Night () is a work by Elie Wiesel about his experience with his father in the Nazi German concentration camps at Auschwitz and Buchenwald in –, . Start by marking “Night (The Night Trilogy, #1)” as Want to Read: My first reading of Elie Wiesel's Night occurred during this year's Holocaust Memorial Day. Night is Elie Wiesel's memoir about his experiences during the Holocaust.
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A person's name is subliminally bound up in the fabric of their existence: it tethers them to the past and anticipates their future remembrance. When seeking to expunge every vestige of Jewish identity from Europe, the Nazis were not content to uproot each and every Jew, rob them of their worldly possessions, shave their hair and clothe them in rags: the ultimate affront to their identity was the replacing of every prisoner's name with a number.
This was integral to the Nazis' desire to dehumanise the Jews: a number on a list carries far fewer intimate human connotations than a name. In Night, Wiesel and the other inmates were "told to roll up our left sleeves and file past the table. The three 'veteran' prisoners, needles in hands, tattooed numbers on our left arms.
I became A From then on, I had no other name. Yet, at times, his descriptions are so striking as to be breathtaking in their pungent precision. He writes through the eyes of an adolescent plunged into an unprecedented moral hinterland, and his loss of innocence is felt keenly by the reader. His identity was strained under such conditions: "The student of Talmud, the child I was, had been consumed by the flames.
All that was left was a shape that resembled me. My soul had been invaded — and devoured — by a black flame. Wiesel recalled one inmate whose starvation drove him to approach two untended cauldrons of soup on a suicidal mission, which resulted in his being shot by a guard. The victim fell to the floor writhing, "his face stained by the soup. Perhaps even less: a famished stomach. The stomach alone was measuring time. Wallowing in memories was a source of incomparable solace to many, whilst others clung tenaciously to their faith.
Read it as a reminder of how fortunate we are to have a free society and how we must preserve this freedom at all costs. There are those who would like to take it away. Fascism is alive and well. Edelweiss Pirates 1 [bookcover: I enjoyed that authors other works. They allow us to reflect on our own lives, learn history and become better people in general.
View all 12 comments. Mar 18, Stephen rated it it was amazing Shelves: This book is a hard, righteous slap in the conscience to everyone of good will in the world and should stand as a stark reminder of both: The most chilling aspect of the narrative for me was the calm, casual way that so many of the nightmarish events that Elie witnesses were performed.
For example, early on in the account, Elie is separated from his Mother and sisters never to see them again. This life-altering, traumatically painful action is done so quickly and in such an off-handed, bureaucratic manner by the Nazis that trying to grasp the reality of it made me physically sick.
That was only the beginning. Elie goes on to chronicle his subsequent attempts not to be separated from his father and the horrors he was forced to witness and endure.
Along the road of this terrifying journey, we hear in Elie's own words of the growing disgust of his 13 year old self for both mankind and for God and how he eventually lost completely his own humanity in his resolve to do whatever he had to in order to stay alive.
Written in a simple, unsentimental style which makes the horrors described seem somehow more shocking , this is one of those important life-changing books that I believe everyone should read. View all 24 comments. Sep 30, Brina rated it it was amazing Shelves: At that time it had recently become a law in my state to teach the Holocaust as part of the general curriculum, and, as a result, my classmates and I were the torchbearers to tell people to never forget and were inundated with quality Holocaust literature.
Yet even though middle school students can comprehend Night, the subject matter at times is still way over their heads. The book itself although a prize The first time I read Night by Eli Wiesel I was in an eighth grade religious school class.
The book itself although a prize winner blended into the religious school class and receded to the back of my memory bank. These years later I have been enjoying a religious lifestyle for my adult life.
Upon hearing that Nobel Laureate Eli Wiesel passed away recently I thought now was as good of a time as any to reread his award winning account of surviving the Holocaust. Although only pages in length, Wiesel's memoir of life in the concentration camps is one of the most powerful pieces of literature that most people will ever read. Wiesel discusses his relationship with G-D and talks about his conflicting feelings in regards to taking care of his father while in Buna and Birkenau camps.
It was not easy to digest. Wiesel also writes in length about observing Rosh Hashanah while in the concentration camps. Why praise the Almighty for one's deliverance if one's existence is spent as a prisoner living on crusts of bread?
It was easy to forget G-D or denounce His existence, even for the most religious Jews. These passages brought me close to tears. Even though the world is far from perfect, my family lives in a land of freedom and are free to worship as we choose. His passing is indicative that few survivors are still with us and we should hear their stories while we still can. Night is a painful yet necessary read, and by reading it I can go into the new year thanking G-D for my right to live in relative peace and prosperity.
View all 14 comments. Just read it. View all 19 comments. Apr 21, Candi rated it it was amazing Shelves: My eyes had opened and I was alone, terribly alone in a world without God, without man. Without love or mercy. I have seen Night , have heard of Night for many years now. I waited to read it, unsure what I could possibly gain from reading another account of the evil existing among our fellow human beings — I will become enraged and depressed.
I will be forced to examine my own faith and I "I was the accuser, God the accused. But then I discovered that my son was assigned this book as part of his summer reading for a high school English class. What do I want him to learn from this book, from this dark piece of our not too distant past? I do not want him to be a passive bystander. I want him to understand that narrow-mindedness, hatred and bigotry exist despite his fortunate and protected upbringing.
Other human beings are right now suffering unimaginable sorrow, are being cruelly maltreated. History does repeat itself, perhaps with varying backgrounds, different groups of individuals. My son needs to read this book.
His children need to read this book someday. I need to read this book. I did. I read this book and I cried. I was angry. I was disgusted with humanity. Everyone should read this book at least once. This is a slim book with a tremendous message. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.
Sometimes we must interfere. View all 66 comments. Jan 03, Lindsay - Traveling Sister rated it it was amazing. I am at a loss for words This is a DEEPLY moving and powerful book about the author's experience in concentration camps and the atrocities that happened during the Holocaust. Words cannot describe how I truly feel about what I read on these pages. It is impossible for us, as readers, to truly fathom this piece of history, unless we lived it.
I hope everyone takes the time to read 5 stars I hope everyone takes the time to read this page memoir at some point in their lives. The author was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in calling him a "messenger to mankind" for his written works.
We simply cannot risk forgetting. View all 43 comments. Mar 26, Martine rated it really liked it Shelves: This book has garnered so many five-star reviews and deals with such important subject matter that it almost feels like an act of heresy to give it a mere four stars.
Yet that is exactly what I'm going to do, for while Night is a chilling account of the Holocaust and the dehumanisation and brutalisation of the human spirit under extreme circumstances, the fact remains that I've read better ones.
Better written ones, and more insightful ones, too.
Night is Elie Wiesel's somewhat fictionalised acco This book has garnered so many five-star reviews and deals with such important subject matter that it almost feels like an act of heresy to give it a mere four stars. Night is Elie Wiesel's somewhat fictionalised account of the year he spent at Auschwitz and Buchenwald. It's a chilling story about his experiences in and between concentration camps, his gradual loss of faith he was a very observant Jew who obviously wondered where God was while his people were being exterminated , and his feelings of guilt when he realised that his struggle for survival was making him insensitive towards his dying father.
It's gruesome, chilling material, and I felt very quiet after having read it. Yet I also felt vaguely unsatisfied with the book. I wanted more detail. I wanted fleshed-out writing rather than a succession of meaningful one-line paragraphs.
I wanted less heavy-handed symbolism the book very much centres on troubled father-and-son relationships, to echo the one central Father-and-Son one and more actual feeling. I wanted a writer and a translator who knew better than to call an SS officer 'an SS'. And most of all, I wanted a less abrupt ending. I wanted to ask Wiesel what happened in the immediate aftermath of the liberation of Buchenwald. I wanted to ask him what happened to his leg, on which he marched for several gruesome days just days after having undergone an operation, and how he picked up the pieces afterwards, and why on earth his two eldest sisters, who died in Auschwitz as well as his mother and younger sister, never warranted more than a single mention.
The latter was an example of seriously shoddy writing, I thought. Perhaps my questions were answered in the original version of Night , which never got published.
In his introduction to the new English translation of Night , Wiesel mentions that the book as it is today is a severely abridged version of a much longer Yiddish original called And the World Remained Silent.
I think I can see why the original wasn't published quite apart from the fact that the world wasn't ready yet for concentration camp literature, the few quotes provided in the introduction make for heavy reading.
The abridged version definitely seems more readable than the full-length one, and does an admirable job getting the facts across.
Even so, I think the publishers might have gone a step too far in abridging the book to the extent that they did. No doubt the very brevity of Night is one of the reasons why it's so popular today, but personally, I would have liked to see a middle road between the original detailed manuscript and the incredibly spare barebones version sold now.
Don't get me wrong, the abridged version is effective , but as far as I'm concerned, it's the Holocaust for people with short attention spans. I prefer Primo Levi and Ella Lingens-Reiner's more complete accounts of life in the camps myself, not to mention several Dutch books which sadly never got translated into other languages.
But still. Night is an important book, and one that deserves to be widely read. In fact, one that should be widely read, by people of all ages and nationalities, to prevent nightmare like this ever happening again. View all 34 comments. Deluso da Sodoma, fece piovere dal cielo il fuoco e lo zolfo. E invece, gli uomini che hanno riempito i campi di concentramento, traditi e abbandonati da dio, che li ha lasciati torturare, morire di fame, bruciare, gassare, sgozzare tra loro, che fanno?
Pregano dio e lodano il suo nome p. Dio che si fa battere da Hitler, l'unico che ha veramente mantenuto le sue promesse, tutte le sue promesse col popolo ebraico p. View all 11 comments. View all 4 comments. Dec 15, Lyn rated it it was amazing. I have read two books that described a nightmare, painted a picture of hell. I still think of this book sometimes and shudder and I realize that evil is never too far buried in us. The scene where the line of doomed prisoners splits in two with Mengela conducting, a perverse parody of the last judgment seems ripped from Dante.
Dec 17, Kat rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: I teach this book yearly, but my students seemed distant from the true reality of the story. Real people, real history. The immediacy of the tragedy that was Wiesel's then comes to life in a way that a junior or senior can grasp. I also tell the story of my friend, Ida, and her "no grandparents".
That is the hardest part for me as it is so personal. She was the daughter of survivors - she had no grandparents and I I teach this book yearly, but my students seemed distant from the true reality of the story.
She was the daughter of survivors - she had no grandparents and I gave her mine. The sharing of my friend with my beloved grandmother and grandfather was one of the true blessings of my life and our lives were enriched through the immense addition to our family. I was also blessed by her adding us to her home and her celebrations.
My faith was enlarged. This is a powerful book - a simple one to read, but a difficult one to comprehend. Engagingly written and honest to the core - even the difficult, prickly human parts that would embarrass anyone to reveal -- this is the heart of humanity's difficult path - how do we grow if we can't love one another for the similarities and the differences. I wish I could say there was no more genocide, but that would be a dreamer's lie. Bless this with a read and light a candle in our darkness.
Also, go and view the dress at the Holocaust Museum website - you will leave changed. View all 17 comments. This new translation by Marion Wiesel, Elie's wife and frequent translator, presents this seminal memoir in the language and spirit truest to the author's original intent. And in a substantive new preface, Elie reflects on the enduring importance of Night and his lifelong, passionate dedication to ensuring that the world never forgets man's capacity for inhumanity to man.
This here is exactly why I refuse to participate with anything regarding Germany; the world is complicit in its indifference. And the effect spreads like a snowball, gathering more and more edicts as the days go by. Nothing gets my blood boiling quite like seeing the numerous acts of silence committed by these citizens. People love to victim-blame the Jews by asking the distasteful question of why they didn't stand up to the oppressor Experiencing numbness in order to remain sane at the sight of tragedy.
This French girl's wisdom has stayed in mind, in particular, because the next paragraph describes an out-of-this-world experience wherein Elie Wiesel stumbles upon her eons later: But the most painful of all remains to be the relationship portrayed between father and son that keeps both alive in the face of inhumanity. Many more sorrowful revelations are shared within the pages of this must-read. My arms gathered with goosebumps at that because the date I was reading this book was April 11th.
I'll end this review by sharing my favorite Elie Wiesel quote: The opposite of art is not ugliness, it's indifference.
The opposite of faith is not heresy, it's indifference. And the opposite of life is not death, it's indifference. download a Coffee for nat bookspoils with Ko-fi. View 2 comments. Night is perhaps one of the most remarkable, harrowing and haunting accounts of the events in the Nazi Germany concentration camps Auschwitz and Buchenwald. I read this powerful work only a few days before news of the author's, Elie Wiesel's, death were announced, and both shocked me.
The first, because unless you have experienced it for yourself, you will never be able to realize the full extent of what happened in the Second World War with all its different facets and emotions, and the latter, Night is perhaps one of the most remarkable, harrowing and haunting accounts of the events in the Nazi Germany concentration camps Auschwitz and Buchenwald. The first, because unless you have experienced it for yourself, you will never be able to realize the full extent of what happened in the Second World War with all its different facets and emotions, and the latter, because with Elie Wiesel, a remarkable man has left this planet who fought for memorizing the Holocaust, who fought against violence, suppression and racism.
Perhaps you will not find the most eloquent, the most artful language in this work of literature, but that's nothing you should expect to find in a book dealing with something as frightening, as horrifying, as real as the Holocaust.
In his nonfictional book, Elie Wiesel writes about his own survival in the concentration camps, about reflections of the father-son relationship with his father, about humanity and inhumanity. It's a book everyone should read, because ultimately, the Second World War is something everyone should remember. Forgetting would be the worst way to deal with it.
A lot of people, more people than would be good, claim that it has all been "so long ago", is so completely irrelevant nowadays, just belongs to this boring stuff people are tortured with in school because it belongs to this dry nonsense called "history".
I usually don't tell people they're wrong Because in this case, they can't be more wrong. The Holocaust needs to be remembered, because if humans forget the mistakes they did, they will tend to repeat them.
And I think everyone can agree that the Holocaust should never, never be repeated. This is a book which is incredibly difficult to review, just like it is difficult to read - not for its language or its style; I read it in one sitting in the course of three or four hours - but rather for the horrifying events Elie Wiesel talks about. I can only recommend to read this book to everyone, independent from how much you already know about the topic.
And on a final note: Rest in Peace, Elie Wiesel. View all 37 comments. Aug 08, Heidi The Reader rated it it was amazing Shelves: Night is Elie Wiesel's memoir about his experiences during the Holocaust. It is shocking and sad, but worth reading because of the power of Wiesel's witnessing one of humanity's darkest chapters and his confession on how it changed him.
In the new introduction to the ebook version I read, Wiesel talked about the difficulty he had putting words to his experience. I also knew that, while I had many thin Night is Elie Wiesel's memoir about his experiences during the Holocaust. I also knew that, while I had many things to say, I did not have the words to say them. I wish I knew enough Yiddish to read it. There's something powerful about reading books in their original form.
Wiesel closes his introduction with his reasons for writing this book: He has no right to deprive future generations of a past that belongs to our collective memory. To forget would be not only dangerous but offensive; to forget the dead would be akin to killing them a second time. Even though a member of his community warned Wiesel's village about the horrors that awaited them, they didn't believe him. After they were placed in a ghetto, the Jewish population of Sighet thought that the worst was behind them.
Afterward everything would be as before. The ghetto was ruled by neither German nor Jew; it was ruled by delusion. If I had been in their place, I don't think that I would have acted any differently. How could one possibly imagine the horrors that they were going to face?
Wiesel is starved, overworked and beaten in the concentration camps. He loses more than his family and faith: I had not seen myself since the ghetto. From the depths of the mirror, a corpse was contemplating me. The look in his eyes as he gazed at me has never left me. Never forget. View all 7 comments. From the first few sentences, to the final closings words, I did not move. Elie Wiesel had my complete attention, and total respect, for the immense courage it must have taken to relive the horrors he went through in writing this book.
Harrowing and chilling but told with great compassion, his struggle for survival during the holocaust is almost too unbearable to contemplate. But this has to be read, and everyone should do so, it makes all the mundane things in life seem far more important. Afte From the first few sentences, to the final closings words, I did not move.
After the last page was done, I looked out the window of my apartment, up at the sky, down in the street, the noise of the city, the people walking by. The life, the freedom, the hugs, the kisses. What overriding joy. Jan 16, Erika rated it it was amazing Shelves: Night is not a book that I can review.
It defies critique, and even analyzing it from my sunny porch with a cup of coffee, feels wrong. By the end of the 60s that relationship encompassed adult children of survivors, scholars, deniers, apologists, voyeurs, and people who hold their ears the moment the subject comes up. Night was written before any of that. For that reason, I believe it should be required reading for everyone. Night is short and the writing is simple. It feels stark, honest, and hallowed in the way of powerful memorials.
In the preface of my edition, Wiesel writes: I am not convinced. A miracle? Certainly not. If heaven could or would perform a miracle for me, why not for others more deserving than myself? It was nothing more than chance. However, having survived, I needed to give some meaning to my survival. Wiesel was a brilliant light in the darkness he depicts so powerfully. There were arguably more illuminating philosophers. But no single figure was able to combine Mr. But after reading that beautiful quote, I would rather close with this photo of the day he won the Nobel Peace Prize, which illustrates the knowledge he gave the world rather than the darkness he endured.
View all 27 comments. I remember that I first became aware of this story when it was put on the Oprah book club list years ago.. We read all these novels based on the Holocaust and they are really tough to read, but these first hand personal experiences are so brutal and unimaginable.
Ellie was only 15 when he and his family where taken away to the camps. Excerpt fr I remember that I first became aware of this story when it was put on the Oprah book club list years ago.. Excerpt from Night Never shall I forget that night, the first night in camp, which has turned my life into one long night, seven times cursed and seven times sealed.
Never shall I forget the little faces of the children, whose bodies I saw turned into wreaths of smoke beneath a silent blue sky. Never shall I forget those flames which consumed my faith forever.
Never shall I forget that nocturnal silence which deprived me, for all eternity, of the desire to live. Never shall I forget those moments which murdered my God and my soul and turned my dreams to dust.
Never shall I forget these things, even if I am condemned to live as long as God Himself. View all 23 comments. Jun 06, Kristen rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: A poignant and unforgettable 5 star read.
I'm glad I did. Night , which is one man's tragic yet remarkable survival of the Holocaust, is a powerful, shocking, heartbreaking, poignant, yet triumph-of-the-soul biography. This book speaks to humanity about the atrocities man is capable of committing. It A poignant and unforgettable 5 star read. It also demonstrates the resilience of the human spirit and the capacity for good to rise above evil and make a difference.
If you haven't read Night yet, I highly encourage you to read it. This is one of those life-changing books everyone should read.
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Sep 09, Kelli rated it it was amazing Shelves: This is not a review. I am not worthy to review this book. This is my third time reading Night, having read it as a requirement in both high school and college.
I picked it up at the library because it was upright on a shelf and I noticed it had a new preface by the author. I have read that preface four times so far. I am speechless. I am awestruck by the tremendous person that Elie Wiesel is.
The story is a heartbreaking, terrifying account This is not a review.
The story is a heartbreaking, terrifying account of unimaginable suffering that must be read and remembered. Wow this book.. Unimaginable horrors. Tore my heart out into a million pieces. I regret not having read this earlier, this is a true account of Elie Wiesel as a young Jewish boy who has no foreseeable knowledge and understanding of what was around the corner when his family are forced to flee from their home in Romania, and the unknown horrors that awaited them.
Even though I've read and have stu Wow this book.. Even though I've read and have studied many of these stories of the Holocaust and of the concentration camps in Auschwitz, I was still surprised how shocked I was by the atrocities and how it was written made me shed so many more tears and emotions that I didn't know could still exist.
This book is a must read and deserves it's nobel peace prize. I felt so connected to the story and to Elie that I had trouble sleeping. What a tragedy it is to have lost this true humanitarian treasure last year and will forever be grateful that this book and others like this exist.
Thank you sir I hope you find your peace in heaven and find your family again. Jan 12, Sean Gray rated it it was ok Recommends it for: Recommended to Sean by: Night, was possibly one of the worst books I've ever read. I was suprised when I logged on to find, Five star reviews of this book. Yeah, so it was written by a holocaust survivor. It doesn't make it well written. From a literary standpoing, purely. It was terrible.
As Ms. Hawley would say, It lacked sentence variation. Maybe it was better when it was written in German? Maybe he should have let a "professional" writer, write it for him. I'm not bashing him, or his writing.