A chilling and sad, but true story of one man's experiences as a Jewish teenager in the German concentration camps. He writes of his family's long and, for some, fatal journey during this time. Wiesel writes in a beautifully clear, descriptive tone that leaves you feeling a bit of the despair, agony, guilt, and sometimes, relief that he must have felt. A "must" read, in my opinion, along with Viktor Frankl's "Man's Search for Meaning."
This is an important account of the holocaust. The author does not give endless gruesome details, and at this point in history, I dont think that is necessary; however, he does describe a pointed emotional hell and recounts a story that needs, in my opinion, to be continuously told to new generations least we forget. I would recommend this book for anyone sixteen and above.
I myself needed to be reminded of a history I didn't live through.
This was one of the most gripping stories that i have read in years. Mr. Wiesel is a wonderful narrator and can tell the facts as they are. I was so absorbed in this book that i could not put it down.
The Holocaust is so real in this book that i had the shudders as i was reading. i could feel the shovel in my hand and i could smell the smoke from the furnaces. very intriguing book - please read and become more aware.
this book really puts a lot of things into perspective. i read it in two days and i can't put into words how much understand you gain from reading this. having seen movies re: the holocaust, this book really puts you in the head of the people who lived through this time.
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 it be forgotten and history repeat itself. Read other reviews at http://readinginthegarden.blogspot.com
I have been greatly impacted by this book. I could barely continue at first, then i could not put it down. My heart breaks for this boy, this man and all he has endured. This is well written in that it not only tells the story, but it puts you there. You can almost (as well as one can without actually being there) see, hear, feel, smell what he does. We must never forget what was done. We must not let our children think it never happened, lest it be repeated.
I read the book in two days couldn't put it down. This story book should be a required reading in all high schools. I only wish there was a little more about what the writer went through once liberated.
I read this 20 years ago as a freshman in college, and it is still fresh in my mind. Although it is not very long, this is a lifechanging book about a young man's true life experiences during the Holocaust and the loss of his family. Some of his experiences and decisions are horrifying; his haunting story is one you will never forget. Those who forget the past are condemned to repeat it.
Elie Wiesel's story of what he and his family went through in the Auschwitz Concentration camp is heart breaking. However, his spirit is completely remarkable! This is a very inspiring and well written book.
Night is a small book packed with emotion. It is Elie Wiesel's memoir of what he experienced during the Holocaust. His words really bring to life what the Jews in the concentration camps felt. I could feel the cold and starvation as he described it. If you really want to understand what day to day life was like in the Nazi concentration camps, I highly reccommend this book. Even if you don't want to know, you should. So read it anyway. It will make you appreciate your life even more and instill in you a sense to watch out for evil like this in today's world.
This is a very slim book but it's also the most powerful book I've read in my life. I have a feeling it will always hold that title. This is unlike any other book I've read on the subject. This is bascially Elie Wiesel's account of his early life, of leaving behind everything he'd ever known, of watching his family be torn from him, among so many other tragedies. I found myself wishing more than I ever have in life after death-so that this man can be reunited with his family.
Night was one of the saddest books I have ever read. I was amazed at the courage the characters demonstrated throughout their duress. I tried to put myself in their situation, and I don't think I would have had their strength. Wiesel spared no details, and that helped me actually feel that I was in the camps with him.
This was an easy read because it reads like a novel and not a history book as some books seem to do, but it was a difficult read because of the obviously heavy subject matter. I was moved to tears several times as I read, and while I didn't want to sit in public crying, I didn't want to put the book down either - I finished this in just a couple of hours. I don't think I've ever read a book that was so small but so powerful. I'm holding on to this one. I think it's one of the most moving first-account Holocaust stories I've read, and I agree with others here - this should be required reading in high school classes.
I don't think it would be right to say that I enjoyed this book, as it talks about the horrors of the Auschwitz concentration camp. I did, however, find it hard to put down and read it in one sitting. It detailed how the author, Elie Wiesel, survived being in the concentration camp, and the horrors he endured. It was graphic in places, but I learned things I hadn't known. I would recommend this book.
Unforgettable story of the holocaust. It really paints a picture of what happened and the horror of it. The author is amazing. I can't imagine how difficult it would be to survive such tragedy...and then be able to write about it. Thank goodness there are people who are willing to share their heartbreak so that we can prevent these kinds of things from happening to anyone else.
This book is a very quick read, I finished it in just a couple of hours. It's a moving, heartbreaking and horrifying book. I think anyone with even a passing interest in this period in history will get something out of this book. I wish this book was required reading for high school students because it really makes you think.
Elie Wiesel, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, was a teen when he and his family were sent to the Auschwitz concentration camp and also to Buchenwald.
This book records this time. It sends a strong message about the horrors inflicted by man and needs to be remembered.
I don't think this is a book you like or dislike, I think this is a book that you think about. This is a book that you try to learn something from. This is a book that should make you say, this should NEVER happen again!
A profound novel. I will never forget this one. This should have been a quick read for me but the subject matter and the way it is written makes it one to take your time with , and process everything you are reading. Great Great Novel!
Great book. After all the hype and everything I had heard about it I was expecting it to be more disturbing. I am NOT saying the topic and story isn't disturbing and horrifying, but there weren't as many gruesome details as I was expecting so it made it easier to read than expected. This truly was a JUST THE FACTS memoir which is what made the book so great. No unnecesary details. Just the bare bones story...exactly what I was hoping for. This was something Wiesel REALLY experienced and loved the fact he didn't try to exploit anything or over exaggerate for "shock value". A must read.
About the book:
Born in the town of Signet, Transylvania, Elie Wiesel was a teenager when he and his family were taken from their home in 1944 to the Auschwitz concentration camp, and then to Buchenwald. "Night" is the terrifying record of Elie Weisel's memories of the death of his family, the death of his own innocence, and his despair as a deeply observant Jew confronting the absolute evil of man. This new translation by his wife and most frequent translator, Marion Wiesel, corrects important details and presents the most accurate rendering in English of Elie Wiesel's testimony to what happened in the camps and of his unforgettable message that this horror must never be allowed to happen again.
I read this book in one day and it moved me completely. Very detailed in the responses and what occurred to the author. It also brought to life the culture and how people could not believe what was happening until they were placed into the situation. This book will definitely make you think and is sad. I'm still recovering from the powerfulness of it.
It was a great book. I really loved it and recommend it to anyone. It is a sad story but it helps learn the history of what happened in the Holocust and what and how the people felt. I cried at the end but it was worth reading.
A great first-hand account of the horrors of being sent to a concentration camp as a very young man. Really opened my eyes to the sheer numbers of people who suffered and died during this terrible time in history.
The name of the book is actually "Night" by Elie Wiesel.
In Nobel laureate Elie Wiesel's memoir Night, a scholarly, pious teenager is wracked with guilt at having survived the horror of the Holocaust and the genocidal campaign that consumed his family. His memories of the nightmare world of the death camps present him with an intolerable question: how can the God he once so fervently believed in have allowed these monstrous events to occur? There are no easy answers in this harrowing book, which probes life's essential riddles with the lucid anguish only great literature achieves. It marks the crucial first step in Wiesel's lifelong project to bear witness for those who died.
When the book begins, it is 1941, and Elie is a 12 year old Jewish boy growing up in the small village of Sighet, Transylvania. His father is a shopkeeper, and Elie is one of 4 children. As Elie matures, and becomes more cognizant of religious matters, WWII seems a distant event. Rumblings of trouble begin with the news that all foreign Jews are to be deported, but by 1944, there are rumours that the war will end soon--it is just a matter of time before Germany's defeat. Again there is news that the Jews in Budapest are being rounded up in ghettos, but these seem like distant events. The news that German soldiers are now on Hungarian soil is troubling, but Elie's father elects to stay. The situation rapidly declines and Elie's family--along with all other Jewish residents in the village, are shipped off to concentration camps.
Elie, now 15, arrives at Birkenau, and then is sent to Auschwitz. He is parted from his mother and his sisters without even being aware of the moment when he sees them for the last time. Elie and his father survive an initial selection conducted by Dr. Mengele, and then their existence in the camp begins.
This slim book rouses, at once, so many feelings--pity--that any human being should have to suffer so much, but also the idea emerges that if one should survive, what is left? Elie suffers degradation, loss of faith, loss of family, and finally loss of any semblance of humanity. He experiences the great shame of caring for nothing except survival--even when daily survival brings starvation, misery, and freezing cold. Wiesel does not spare himself in this chilling memoir--he has no mercy and no excuses as he recounts his own starvation and struggle for survival--no matter the cost. Above all, the book taught me to never count hope into the equation when making decisions about taking action in life. Hope is cheap, and it isn't real. "Night"--is simply an unforgettable book, and a recent re-reading reminded me of the book's power--displacedhuman
This is a very short book that took only a few hours to read but the impact it will have on you will be profound. The whole subject of the holocaust baffles my mind and with each book I read on the subject I'm no less astounded. Have plenty of tissues on hand before you begin this journey.
This book is required reading. The title, Night. Written by Elie Wiesel. The fact that it is categorized as Oprah Selection #55 is insulting. Tremendously real. And the fact that the world has learned NOTHING from the past makes this account of the Holocaust even more tragic.
This book brings home the utter horror of the Nazi campaign against European Jews during WWII in a vivid, compelling narative. The examination of the young Jewish man's spiritual belief, while struggling to survive, is as heartwrenching as his daily experiences in the Nazi death camp. Deserves to be on any list of school required reading.
I loved this book. I loved the honesty, the horror, & the truth that was revealed, by this amazing person.
I had to read this book for my English class, & boy, my English class somehow found HUMOR behind this book. I was thoroughly agitated by their finding this funny. NOTHING was funny in this book. NOTHING is funny about what Hitler did. & NOTHING is funny about the burning of human bodies or especially BABIES, while they're STILL ALIVE.
I wanted to punch every person in my class for finding that funny.
IT'S DISGUSTING, INHUMANE, & DISTURBING.
They went through so much, and Elie actually SURVIVED. Think about that. He's probably haunted each night with dreams of what he saw when he was at Auschwitz or Buna. Elie's memory of this is told through this book... seriously, think about how horrible it would be to LIVE through that. It breaks my heart to see someone such as Hitler, treating the Jews like that. I've read, more than once, the diary of Anne Frank, and I knew the Jews were treated horribly, but after reading this book? God. This makes me question my religion, going to be completely honest. The Jews trusted their God, trusted God to protect them and guide them to where they should be going. Most of those Jews, actually, about 98% of them, did NOTHING wrong. I don't understand it, & never will. I agree with what Eric said in class today.
"The Germans would have had a hell of a better chance of winning the war if they didn't have all the concentration camps & crematories."
A true story of a young boy who lives and tell the tragic story of holocaust during the world war II. It is a moving and sad story of the Jews had to go though, While reading this book, my heart felt sad and sympathy to the Jews. If lifes has any meaning to a human being, I hope history will not repeat itself. This is a definitely a must read book for everybody. I highly recommended.
This book is one of the best books I have ever read. I had a hard time putting it down. It changes how you see the world, even if only by a little bit. how can you read it and NOT be changed. highly recommended reading. This author takes you right into what he is experiencing, and the horridness of the concentration camps. A must read. hope you enjoy it as much as I did. This is one copy of a book, I will NOT be passing on. I can't part with it, at least not yet. It was so touching.
Beautifully written, heart-wrenching; a book that should be read by everyone. I'm glad to say that this book was required reading for both of my sons in Jr. High (about two years ago for my youngest). Haunting and unforgettable.
This was an amazing book. After reading about all the hardships this young man went through I couldn't find anything in my life to complain about. I am truly blessed. I would highly recommend this book!
Loved it. Heart breaking yet uplifting at the same time. Wonderfully written and such a treasure to have Wiesel's account in writing for future generations. Should be a must read before graduating high school, in my humble opinion.
Excellent book, really describes the situation at the camps and how the human spirit strives to survive at any cost. Very moving and you will learn things about the camps you didn't know. A need to read book.
The book is the terrifying record of the author's memories of the death of his family in Buchenwald. He is the winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1986. He has also been awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the United States of America Congressional Gold Medal and the French Legion of Honor. The book was chosen as a selection by the Oprah Book Club.
"Moving" is an understatement.
I am 67 and have read and processed, for many decades, how this systematic genocide went on for so long. The very first book I read was "Exodus", in the early 60's, and continued through fiction and non-fiction to piece together the planning, execution, and aftermath of the horror of this immense tragedy
I feel a deeper understanding that I had not reached before reading "Night".
I intend to order and read all of Wiesel's writings.
A quick to read, yet still heartwrenching memoir about life in a concentration camp during World War II. The author shares his painful memories of his life as a teenager during one of the darkest periods in history, when he was in a living Hell. He recounts how quickly his life changed from that of a normal, very pious young Jewish teenager to that of a prisoner in a concentration camp, his last times seeing his parents and little sister, and how drastically life in the camps tore him down and changed who he was and how he thought.
This book isn't easy to sit and read, but it is well worth doing so. Written by a Nobel Peace Prize and Presidential Medal of Freedom winner, it is very much a devastating but essential book. An Oprah's Book Club selection, it should be read by everyone who didn't live through it.
I read NIGHT in two sittings, but found it very hard to put down. The story of the author's survival in the camps of the Third Reich, along with his father, who did not survive, as well as his mother and sister, is an amazing look at the resilience of man when confronted with the most horrifying conditions imaginable. This is an important book for generations to read and remember.
Stunning novel, new translation from the original French. Originally published in 1958, ten years after the author's survival as a teenager at Auschwitz-Birkenau. I am awed and humbled by the power of the haunting imagery today. Reading the book with high school students today provides a new voice and personal connection for the students with the author and the Holocaust.
This book, what can I say, I read it in one sitting, you feel right there in the midst of it all. How humanity can reduce itself to this level of evilness is beyond me, and still is, even after reading this book. There is no understanding of this. They faced the devil himself. I can see how his wife had to go through and interpret and fix the book because I have to do the same many times after I write about what they did to me, some of it comes out so bitter and angry that people would not be able to tolerate it in their spirit. I think his original title, AND THE WORLD WAS SILENT, expresses his hopelessness and anger as well. I witnessed one murder, he witnessed hundreds, I witnessed hatred for my faith on a personal level, he witnessed hatred of G*d himself and suffered for G*d, he witnessed the level one human can sink to when beaten down to a pulp and I too have eaten that fruit as well, it is sour, and it never goes completely away again. The verses in this book that ministered to me the most where in the begining and the ending chapters, the preface and speech, both inspired me to not allow this to happen in America and to get past the Jewish/non-Jewish walls, high as they might be in some places, and not allow the devil himself to seperate us because of our differences, ever, ever, again.
I think that because no one came immediately to stop this from happening was because they didnt care is another wrong assumption, I believe, if more had known, just as they the Jewish people did not know fully until it was too late, the world too did not readily know of it until it was too late. The journey of a lost faith is what is the most heart wrenching. Who could stand under that oppression? No man. The enemy of G*d will suffer far more for causing His people to lose faith than for any other crime committed. To turn G*ds people away from Him will cost the enemy his very existence.
While living a balanced life we cant musnt think that evil does not exist in smiling faces today in America. Lets not say naively," it will be ok" that Christianity is under attack in America, "it will be ok" that immoral leaders are turning our people from G*d and his Word and " it will be ok" that America and its leaders are throwing out G*d and His precepts from schools and government offices. So much so like Germany in the thirties. The difference is when men like Wiesel speak out, people listen! When others tell us that communism is rearing its ugly socialistic head again, we listen! When we see the signs all around us we dont pretend all is well and continue to do as we have always done, we listen! This time will be different.
Born in Transylvania Elie Wiesel was a teenager when he and his family were taken from theirhome in 1944 to Auschwitz concentration
camp. Night is the terrifying record of Wiesel's memories of the death of his family, the death of his innocence and his despair confronting the absolute evil of man.
I read this book in a few hours; Elie Wiesel was a teenager in Transylvania; They thought that they were safe from Nazi oppression; And for the majority of the war, they were. In 1941, all foreign Jews were taken, and ultimately killed; one lone man somehow lived to tell the tale and begged the other Jews to take heed; unfortunately they didn't. Until 1944, when they were at first stripped of their basic freedoms, then put in a ghetto, and then placed in cattle cars bound for Auschwitz; Once there, Wiesel saw the last of his mother and sister; His father and he made it through the "selections" and went to another camp less notorious and stayed until the opposing armies started advancing and they marched to another camp where his father ultimately died and he was eventually liberated; Very interesting,haunting but good book;
not as impressive as i'd hoped, but much as you'd expect your standard holocaust stories go, it is painful and profoud. the resolve and power of the people affected is portrayed in a clear and amazingly concise manner. in 120 pages, you are drawn the portrait of life and death in the concentration camps. in this genre, i preferred The Hiding Place or even Schindlers List to Night, but was happy to have read it nonetheless.
A tremendous work of non-fiction, written by a resident of the Nazi concentration camps. Books like these should remain in circulation if only to remind people of the atrocities that took place, and to stand against the people that persist in claiming that the Holocaust did not happen. Particularly timely, given the recent attack on the author by a non-believer, in San Francisco.
A first hand account of the Holocaust. It will bring you to tears. It will make you wonder how humanity can be so cruel to its own. This is a book that everyone should read. You will never forget this amazing story of survival.
What an excellent story of how a young teenager perseveres under such tradgedy. I find it interesting that he, along with so many other victims of the Holocaust, blame God for such atrocities, when the bible says that the Devil is the ruler of this world.
Winner of the Nobel Peace Prize! Born in the town is Sighet, Transylvania, Elie Wiesel was a teenager when he and his family were taken from their home in 1944 to the Auschwitz concentration camp, and then to Buchenwald. Night is the terrifying record of Elie Wiesel's memores of the death of his family, the death of his own innocence, and his despair as a deeply observant Jew confronting the absolute evel of man. This new translation by his wife and most frequent translator, Marion Wiesel, correct important details and presents the most accurate rendering in English of Elie Wiesel's testimony to what happened in the camps and of his unforgettable message that this horror must never be allowed to happen again.
Born in the town of Sighet, Transylvania, Elie Wiesel was a teenager when he and his family were taken from their home in 1944 to the Auschwitz concentration camp, and then to Buchenwald. Night is the terrifying record of Elie Wiesel's memories of the death of his family, the death of his own innocence, and his despair as a deeply observant Jew confronting the absolute evil of man. This new translation by his wife and most frequent translator, Marion Wiesel, corrects important details and presents the most accurate rendering in English of Elie Wiesel's testimony to what happened in the camps and of his unforgettable message that this horror never be allowed to happen again.
This is an intensely personal and extremely powerful book. The story is well-told, without any attempt to exaggerate any parts of the story for shock value. This true story itself is horrific.
As a young teenager, Elie Wiesel is forced to see what unbelievably terrible things human beings can do to one another. He loses beloved members of his family, who are put to death, and finally becomes a witness to the death of his father. People are worked to death, starved to death, shot to death and gassed to death. Awful, mind-blowing experiments are performed on many as well.
How could humans do these things to one another? If you have ever doubted the truth of what took place during the Holocaust, you can finally put your doubts aside.
I lost several dozen members of my extended family who were taken to camps from Hungary. Families, tiny babies, small children, young teenagers, just beginning to bloom and yet to discover who they really were about to be. So many family members I'll never know. So many aunts, uncles, cousins, I know little about except that they were murdered.
So many stories. Such horror and heartbreak. That is my family history in great part. This book gives you an idea of how these stories were cut short.
A distant cousin of mine has done an amazingly detailed study of our family's genealogy, but I've never been able to finish reading all the information he provided. Amongst other things, it contains many pages that read somewhat like; "Schwartz family, mother (name), 32, father (name), 36, sons (names)4 months old, 2 yrs, 6 yrs, daughters 5, 8 ---all died in (name of) concentration camp."
I've never been able to read all the information because I break down and cry so hard that I cannot go on. Dr. Mengle did the most painful, agonizing experiments on identical twins. I have identical twin daughters. Reading "Night" made me cherish them even more, and made me thank G-d I wasn't there. I cannot imagine how the mothers who lost children in the camps could go on. I couldn't.
If you have a teenager, by all means, do have them read this book. They need to know our history. They need to understand what happened to so many people; how it was allowed to happen. They are our next generation. It is up to them to make sure this kind of horror doesn't happen again, anywhere, ever.