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- File Size: 870 KB
- Print Length: 148 pages
- Publisher: Hill and Wang; 2 edition (Feb. 7 2012)
- Sold by: Macmillan CA
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0071VUXXA
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Customer Reviews: 3,584 customer ratings
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #13,576 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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About the Author
Elie Wiesel is the author of more than fifty books, including Night, his harrowing account of his experiences in Nazi concentration camps. The book, first published in 1955, was selected for Oprah's Book Club in 2006. Wiesel is Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities at Boston University, and lives with his family in New York City. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1986.--This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
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I would urge everybody to take the time to read this book because the people and ideas who brought about this horror are once more in the ascendant and it falls to us send them back to the shadows where they belong.
I know growing up we all learnt about WWII and the millions of Jews who sadly perished, but reading it from a first hand perspective opened up another avenue, reading the story I became emotionally attached, I felt as though I was along Elie throughout.
Emotional, amazing if you love history / World War books please read Night.
The book left me with an additional, powerfully emotive thought. As an evangelical Christian who believes that Jesus is the only way to God, the implications of the narrative that I've been taught would consign the vast mass of Jews who perished in the Holocaust to an everlasting hell. In other words, first Hitler's torture chambers; then God's torture chambers - the narrative being that those who don't come to faith in Jesus as Messiah in this life are eternally lost.
There's something fundamentally wrong with this narrative. I don't have all the answers, but prefer to think in terms of restitution and reconciliation between the oppressor and the victim, the tormentor and the tormented. If not in this life, certainly in the next. I hope with all my heart that Elie Wiesel sees his family again. The parts where he writes of his little sister, and his relationship with his father, are the most deeply moving in the book.
It's mainly about his thoughts and reactions to events and its impact on his behaviour and beliefs.
This is not death camp porn but powerful and thought provoking autobiography.
Many of the experiences described are horrific. We read about extreme inhumanity combined with grotesqueries. For example, when the prisoners are forced to watch hangings at Auschwitz the order rings out, `Caps off!' and then, `Cover your heads!' It is a ritualistic gesture to a more civilized world.
The forced evacuation from Auschwitz to Buchenwald (in January 1945) is even more horrific than Auschwitz itself.
The inability or refusal of the Sighet Jews to believe the stories they heard is intriguing, but one should bear in mind that for a long time the British and American governments were reluctant to trust the reports reaching them from Poland about the Holocaust.
The book describes the author's loss of faith. Where was God at Auschwitz? This question arises again and again in different forms.
I'd recommend the book highly to anyone interested in the Holocaust. It would also be very useful reading when teaching the Holocaust in schools - at least to pupils aged 15+.