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Elie Wiesel
Elie Wiesel Published in October 23, 2018, 6:07 am
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Georgie Reply to on 5 March 2017
This is a undoubtedly a book that will stay with you and truly resonate within your being for a significant time after finishing it. The story is beautifully written despite describing a hideous time in history. It is a truly harrowing account of the horrors endured by by a family during the Holocaust and their struggles ultimately to survive. It follows their hopes and fears stripping back the raw emotion encompassing the hardships they lived through.
Simon Roberts
Simon Roberts Reply to on 13 February 2017
Amazing book, once I picked it up I couldn't put it down, I know its very cliche but its true, page after page I wanted to learn more.

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.
Edward B. Crutchley
Edward B. Crutchley Reply to on 13 June 2012
A beautifully written and unforgettable book that contrasts so much with its grim subject. One of the most striking points was how pleasant and polite the Germans are when they first arrive at the small town of Sighet, followed by the escalation that goes from curfew for the Jews, obligatory wearing the yellow star, through to the corralling into ghettos before being transported to the camps. When Wiesel arrives at Birkenau, one of the first scenes is dead children being thrown into flames to dispose of their bodies. Another poignant point is that, whereas you might have expected him to be on his own in the camps, his father is never far away until towards the end. It somehow makes all the suffering appear that much worse.
Armchair Explorer
Armchair Explorer Reply to on 19 December 2016
I believe everyone and particularly the young person on the doorstep of life beyond School should read this book. To ignore the Holocaust is to acquiesce in its perpetuation, to deny is to give a victory to the oppressor, but to read and most importantly to share, is to remember. A most powerful read that left me quite simply, speechless how does one attempt to sum up so much designed and engineered hatred? This book must stand as a bright record of truth for all future generations.
Santana Reply to on 7 August 2013
I have read many books on the war and nazi Germany, and watched many a documentary. However, until now I had not read a book like this, which conveys the deeply traumatic, harrowing experience that these poor human beings suffered. Sometimes it was too hard to read, I'd pause before turning the page, but I knew that to stop reading would be an act of 'giving up', a betrayal at the very least. Elie Wiesel, thank you for sharing your story. I only wish I could have prevented it from ever being told; simply to wish that you, and many millions had not had to endure such suffering and hurt.
allan calvert
allan calvert Reply to on 1 October 2017
Got this and other films like this for my daughter because she loves history and she has watched it and said it was great and very interesting.
J. Gordon
J. Gordon Reply to on 30 June 2010
This short account of the author's experiences in Sighet (then in Hungary), Auschwitz and Buchenwald is a very powerful book. The style is succinct and terse; the book is very readable and the narrative is brisk.

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+.
drjonty Reply to on 11 June 2017
Darkness falls but Wiesel writes with such a straightforward clarity it's stunning. As bright as a searchlight. An eyewitness account that feels so horribly real.
hk Reply to on 16 December 2017
Read this book within an hour and would recommend this to everyone. Considering the nature of the book, it will leave you emotional but provides another reminder as to why it's important for history not to repeat itself.
AJG Reply to on 29 January 2017
I find it difficult to write that this book is "beautifully written" based on the shocking content which, at times, made me stop and contemplate not carrying on until the end. But, in the words of the author himself "to forget the dead, would be akin to killing them a second time."
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