A true tale of the Nazi concetration camps by one who has lived through it. A potent reminder of the horror of Nazi Germany. It made me cry, but then stories like these make most people cry. So read it not so much for enjoyment, but so that we never forget.
This is one of my all-time favorite and most influential books, which I read for the first time in 1969. As the daughter of a holocaust survivor, I was deeply effected by it. One can only marvel at the incredible and beautiful human being that Elie Wiesel has become. Everyone should read this...
even though the book is short (just over 100 pages) it took me quite awhile to read. Such a horrifying account of the suffering, loss and survival of holocaust victims. It made a huge impression on me, one that will take a long while to completely process!
My book club recently did this book. I would not have chosen it otherwise, but it was a terrific read. Very short. Don't miss this one, everyone should have access to this book. A journal of the holocast from the eyes of a teen written much later as an adult.
The book is absolutely haunting in it's seemingly very matter of fact telling of living through the death of millions all around you, including your own family. It is not the most horrific account I have read of concentration camps, but maybe that is why it is so gripping. It speaks volumes that one can even speak after witnessing the horror of Auschwitz, Buchenwald, etc. Very well written. You won't forget reading this one.
This well-known book, written by a Holocaust survivor, still packs a punch many decades after World War II. There is a certain detachment in the book, almost as if Weisel finds it too painful to write about his experiences, dredging up memories I'm sure he'd rather forget. Weisel lost both parents and 3 siblings in the camps as well as his faith. He was starved, beaten and humiliated by the SS throughout his imprisonment. Yet, despite his losses, Weisel moved to the United States, became a professor at a university and won the Nobel Peace Prize. He became a spokesman for the Holocaust and those murdered. It was through his writings that Weisel wanted to make the world know about the Holocaust so that history would never repeat itself. Unfortunately, as the intervening decades demonstrate, mankind continues to spread the evil of genocide in many parts of the world. Yet I believe his work was not in vain. He gave us a better understanding of the Holocaust and insights into the evils of groupthink when it is directed towards destruction. For good people who desire world peace, a knowledge of mankinds' propensity for evil under the right conditions is imperative.
If you want to experience the holocaust from a realistic vantage point, this is the book to read. Captivating. Sadness fills each page, but the story lives on and gives the younger generations some accurate tie to this horrific part of human history.
Elie Wiesel accomplished something that only one other author has ever managed in my adult life his autobiographical first book, "Night", contained a description of the Nazis' round-up and deportation of the Jews in the author's hometown of Sighet, Transylvania (now Romania) which managed to cause me to choke/tear up.
Given my opinion of the current state of the world, in which there seems to be more people talking about "us" and "them" than I can remember since my boyhood, I thought this would be an ideal time to finally read Mr. Wiesel's first book. Part of me believes I was correct in this assumption the author not only talks about the horrors of the concentration camp, BUT on how life gradually changed in the country and town where he grew up, which allowed such an action to occur without resistance. On the other hand, part of me believes that there is NEVER a time when reading about such horrors is a good idea. Does "Never again" require us to delve into the horrible details of concentration camp life? Unfortunately, I fear it does one must understand the incredible depths to which a segment of humanity descended and another was dragged in order to fully comprehend the horrors.
I do not believe that there is a person on this earth who does NOT need to read this book at least once in their life. And I do not believe that I wish to spend any time in the company of someone not moved by it.
RATING: 5 stars. Because that's as high as I am allowed to go by the ratings utility.
This is a sensitive writing about the author's experiences under Nazi imprisonment. Graphic beyond belief in places, the author's life has been forever changed as nightmares depicting the many atrocities that he viewed invade his sleep. Again and again he asks how could God allow such evil to be committed against any individual be it man, woman or child. Once believing that he would dedicate his life to his religion, Wiesel finds himself unable to pray or believe in God.
The incidents make one flinch in unbelief even though you know such events occurred during this horrible war. I found it most difficult to understand how people could deceive themselves into believing that they were moving to a safe place. Wiesel's family had at least three potential chances to escape their fate yet they ignored the signs. It's a tragic but must read for all who want to prevent such evil from occurring again.
If you read Diary of Anne Frank you must read this book. An account of the Nazi death camp horror that turns a young Jewish boy into an agonized witness to the death of his family, the death of his innocence..a memoir...Author Elie Wiesel is an Andrew Mellon Professor now in the Humanities of boston University, chm of the US Holocaust Memorial Council..
I read this either last year or the year before and it's one that will always stay with me. It pops in my head at times when I'm not expecting it. I'd recommend to any holocaust memoir reader for sure, and to a lot of others as well. Wiesel did a fantastic job portraying what he and his family went through- you feel like you're with him. The emotions that come through are simple amazing. As of yet, this is the "best" holocaust memoir I've read.
I went right ahead and made sure I have the other in the "series", Day, and The Accident and while it's technically not with this series, I also had to get Dawn.
This is a wonderfully sad and eye-opening book about the holocaust from a first person point of view. More stark and detailed about the concentration camps and life there, this should be a must read for every high school student.
A tiny book of terrifying power! Very powerful account of one boys journey through the horrors of the Holocaust. This one will make you think "How did this happen? How can human beigns treat each other this way?"
My all time favourite book. This is the only book from my high school literature class that I still have.
I read this in high school and recently re-read it. A short book but very powerful and one of those books that should be required reading for everyone. Unbelievable and downright depressing and disheartening at times but important to read and know about.
Fascinating, powerful & poignant. A must read for anyone who desires information on the daily life of a concentration camp victim, with nothing held back--from the monsters who enslaved them, to the tiny pleasures they found even in such horror.
Follow the horrific 2 year struggle of 13 year old Elie. Read, feel, grieve what he and other Jewish men, womenand children suffered at the hands of the Nazi Germans. Feel his pain, his passion, the strength that drove him to continue on while others perished around him.
The forward in this book was enough to make me stop reading, it was so sad, by the time i got to page 32, i didn't think i could read any more, but i had been wanting to read this for a long time. I do not know what draws me this type of book, i am so curious about the life then and in the wonder that anyone survived. This young boy just had no clue in the beginning and then life for him turned very quickly to horror. Today he is a man that i believe still has a story to tell. I cried with this book, but it was so worth the time i spent with it.
The author's account of his time spent in Auschwitz and Buchenwold, both Nazi Death camps. This book was required reading for my Facing History class. Excellent book for the course and a brutal account of what European Jews went through during WWII. Depressing, though.
I gave this book a 5 star rating even though the subject matter is very difficult to read let alone comprehend.
Mr. Wiesel takes you into the camp with him and you live every moment as if you are actually there.
This book is a completely hard-wrenching, enlightening, and terrifying story of a young man's struggles during the holocaust (as many are). It is sincerely a beautiful book and enables you to see a new perspective into that horrible time in history. This story is very graphic and saddening, and I would not recommend it to anyone who questions whether they can easily deal with that sort of thing.
This short book told a story that went on forever about the truths of the Holocaust. It reminded me that no matter how long ago this horror took place we should always be on "the watch" for such events and inhumane treatment of mankind. How this young man was able to survive and recall these horrendous times is almost beyond comprehension. Hard to read at times...yet hard not to read, hoping and praying that the end would finally come to all the suffering!
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.
This book really opened my eyes to different perspectives. A lot of girls at work were all talking about this book, so it made me want to read it. I like reading about World War II and this book was a good read!
A brief account of a young man's experiences in the death camps. Another book about the experiences of a Lithuanian adolescent that is equally haunting is "Light One Candle: A Survivor's tale from Lithuania to Jerusalem" by Solly Ganor.
A terrifying account of the Nazi death camp horror that turns a young Jewish teenager into an agonized witness to the death of his family ... the death of his innocence and the death of his God. Penetrating and powerful, as personal as THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK, NIGHT is the latest selection in Oprah's book club.
Night - A terrifying account of the Nazi death camp horror that turns a young Jewish boy into an agonized witness to the death of his family...the death of his innocence...and the death of his God. Penetrating and powerful, as personal as The Diary of Anne Frank, Night awakens the shocking memory of evil at its absolute and carries with it the unforgettable message that this horror must never be allowed to happen again.
I feel a great deal of sympathy and sadness for what he went through. Although after readiing this and
Anne Frank for some reason I feel they are pushing an agenda. Of course I don't deny what happened for a moment. , but it was not only Jews. Many Christians died as well. It seems to me though that Wiesl has tried to profit of this and others suffering. He has a 25,000 dollar speaking fee.