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"Elie Wiesel is the internationally celebrated author, Nobel laureate, and spokesperson for humanity whose decision to dedicate his life to bearing witness for the Holocaust's martyrs and survivors found its earliest and most enduring voice in Night, his penetrating and profound account of the Nazi death camps. Born in the town of Sighet, Transylvania, he 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
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"Elie Wiesel is the internationally celebrated author, Nobel laureate, and spokesperson for humanity whose decision to dedicate his life to bearing witness for the Holocaust's martyrs and survivors found its earliest and most enduring voice in Night, his penetrating and profound account of the Nazi death camps. Born in the town of Sighet, Transylvania, he 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. Written so that others would understand, written to ensure that the crimes perpetrated not only against Jewish men, women, and children but also against Jewish religion, Jewish culture, Jewish tradition, and finally Jewish memory would not be erased from human memory, Night carries the unforgettable message that this horror must never be allowed to happen again.

An autobiographical narrative in which the author describes his experiences in Nazi concentration camps, watching family and friends die, and how they led him to believe that God is dead.

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"In Night, I wanted to show the end, the finality of the event. Everything came to an end—man, history, literature, religion, God. There was nothing left. And yet we began again with night." First published in Argentina in 1955, Elie Wiesel's memoir about his experiences at Auschwitz and Buchenwald became one of the two most acclaimed and read first-person accounts of the Holocaust era; Anne Frank's posthumously published diary being the other. This revised, corrected edition was translated by Marion Wiesel, Elie's wife. Now in trade paperback and NOOK Book.

Curt Leviant
"Wiesel has taken his own anguish and imaginatively metamorphosed it into art." -- Saturday Review
The New York Times
"A slim volume of terrifying power."
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“A slim volume of terrifying power.”—The New York Times

"Required reading for all of humanity." —Oprah

“Wiesel has taken his own anguish and imaginatively metamorphosed it into art.” —Curt Leviant, Saturday Review

"To the best of my knowledge no one has left behind him so moving a record."—Alfred Kazin

"What makes this book so chilling is not the pretense of what happened but a very real description of every thought, fear and the apathetic attitude demonstrated as a response . . . Night, Wiesel's autobiographical masterpiece, is a heartbreaking memoir. Wiesel has taken his painful memories and channeled them into an amazing document which chronicles his most intense emotions every step along the way."—Jose Del Real, Anchorage Daily News

"As a human document, Night is almost unbearably painful, and certainly beyond criticism."—A. Alvarez, Commentary

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781402523243
  • Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC
  • Format: CD

Meet the Author

Elie Wiesel, the author of some forty books, is Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities at Boston University. He and his family live in New York City. Mr. Wiesel was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1986.

Biography

"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 that smoke. Never shall I forget the little faces of the children, whose bodies I saw turned into wreaths of smoke beneath a silent blue sky." Since the publication of this passage in Night, Elie Wiesel has devoted his life to ensuring that the world never forgets the horrors of the Holocaust, and to fostering the hope that they never happen again.

Wiesel was 15 years old when the Nazis invaded his hometown of Sighet, Romania. He and his family were taken to Auschwitz, where his mother and the youngest of his three sisters died. He and his father were later transported to Buchenwald, where his father died shortly before Allied forces liberated the camp in 1945. After the war, Wiesel attended the Sorbonne in Paris and worked for a while as a journalist. He met the Nobel Prize-winning writer Francois Mauriac, who helped persuade Wiesel to break his private vow never to speak of his experiences in the death camps.

During a long recuperation from a car accident in New York City in 1956, Wiesel decided to make his home in the United States. His memoir Night, which appeared two years later (compressed from an earlier, longer work, And the World Remained Silent), was initially met with skepticism. "The Holocaust was not something people wanted to know about in those days," Wiesel later said in a Time magazine interview.

But eventually the book drew recognition and readers. "A slim volume of terrifying power" (The New York Times), Night remains one of the most widely read works on the Holocaust. It was followed by over 40 more books, including novels, essay collections and plays. Wiesel's writings often explore the paradoxes raised by his memories: he finds it impossible to speak about the Holocaust, yet impossible to remain silent; impossible to believe in God, yet impossible not to believe.

Wiesel has also worked to bring attention to the plight of oppressed people around the world. "When human lives are endangered, when human dignity is in jeopardy, national borders and sensitivities become irrelevant," he said in his acceptance speech for the Nobel Peace Prize in 1986. "Wherever men and women are persecuted because of their race, religion, or political views, that place must -- at that moment -- become the center of the universe."

Though lauded by many as a crusader for justice, Wiesel has also been criticized for his part in what some see as the commercialization of the Holocaust. In his 2000 memoir And the Sea Is Never Full, Wiesel shares some of his own qualms about fame and politics, but reiterates what he sees as his duty as a survivor and witness:

''The one among us who would survive would testify for all of us. He would speak and demand justice on our behalf; as our spokesman he would make certain that our memory would penetrate that of humanity. He would do nothing else.''

Good To Know

Use of the term "Holocaust" to describe the extermination of six million Jews and millions of other civilians by the Nazis is widely thought to have originated in Night.

Two of Wiesel's subsequent works , Dawn and The Accident, form a kind of trilogy with Night. "These stories live deeply in all that I have written and all that I am ever going to write," the author has said.

President Jimmy Carter appointed Wiesel to be chairman of the President's Commission on the Holocaust in 1978. In 1980, Wiesel became founding chairman of the United States Holocaust Memorial Council. He is also the founding president of the Paris-based Universal Academy of Cultures and cofounder of the Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity.

Since 1969, Marion Wiesel has translated her husband Elie's books from French into English. They live in New York City and have one son.

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    1. Also Known As:
      Eliezer Wiesel (full name)
    2. Hometown:
      New York, New York
    1. Date of Birth:
      September 30, 1928
    2. Place of Birth:
      Sighet, Romania
    1. Education:
      La Sorbonne

Read an Excerpt

Preface to the New Translation
by Elie Wiesel

 

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 writings after Night, including those that deal with biblical, Talmudic, or Hasidic themes, profoundly bear its stamp, and cannot be understood if one has not read this very first of my works.

Why did I write it?

Did I write it so as not to go mad or, on the contrary, to go mad in order to understand the nature of madness, the immense, terrifying madness that had erupted in history and in the conscience of mankind?

Was it to leave behind a legacy of words, of memories, to help prevent history from repeating itself?

Or was it simply to preserve a record of the ordeal I endured as an adolescent, at an age when one’s knowledge of death and evil should be limited to what one discovers in literature?

There are those who tell me that I survived in order to write this text. I am not convinced. I don’t know how I survived; I was weak, rather shy; I did nothing to save myself. 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. Was it to protect that meaning that I set to paper an experience in which nothing made any sense?

In retrospect I must confess that I do not know, or no longer know, what I wanted to achieve with my words. I only know that without this testimony, my life as a writer—or my life, period—would not have become what it is: that of a witness who believes he has a moral obligation to try to prevent the enemy from enjoying one last victory by allowing his crimes to be erased from human memory.

For today, thanks to recently discovered documents, the evidence shows that in the early days of their accession to power, the Nazis in Germany set out to build a society in which there simply would be no room for Jews. Toward the end of their reign, their goal changed: they decided to leave behind a world in ruins in which Jews would seem never to have existed. That is why everywhere in Russia, in the Ukraine, and in Lithuania, the Einsatzgruppen carried out the Final Solution by turning their machine guns on more than a million Jews, men, women, and children, and throwing them into huge mass graves, dug just moments before by the victims themselves. Special units would then disinter the corpses and burn them. Thus, for the first time in history, Jews were not only killed twice but denied burial in a cemetery.

It is obvious that the war which Hitler and his accomplices waged was a war not only against Jewish men, women, and children, but also against Jewish religion, Jewish culture, Jewish tradition, therefore Jewish memory.

 

CONVINCED THAT THIS PERIOD in history would be judged one day, I knew that I must bear witness. I also knew that, while I had many things to say, I did not have the words to say them. Painfully aware of my limitations, I watched helplessly as language became an obstacle. It became clear that it would be necessary to invent a new language. But how was one to rehabilitate and transform words betrayed and perverted by the enemy? Hunger—thirst—fear—transport—selection—fire—chimney: these words all have intrinsic meaning, but in those times, they meant something else. Writing in my mother tongue—at that point close to extinction—I would pause at every sentence, and start over and over again. I would conjure up other verbs, other images, other silent cries. It still was not right. But what exactly was “it”? “It” was something elusive, darkly shrouded for fear of being usurped, profaned. All the dictionary had to offer seemed meager, pale, lifeless. Was there a way to describe the last journey in sealed cattle cars, the last voyage toward the unknown? Or the discovery of a demented and glacial universe where to be inhuman was human, where disciplined, educated men in uniform came to kill, and innocent children and weary old men came to die? Or the countless separations on a single fiery night, the tearing apart of entire families, entire communities? Or, incredibly, the vanishing of a beautiful, well-behaved little Jewish girl with golden hair and a sad smile, murdered with her mother the very night of their arrival? How was one to speak of them without trembling and a heart broken for all eternity?

Deep down, the witness knew then, as he does now, that his testimony would not be received. After all, it deals with an event that sprang from the darkest zone of man. Only those who experienced Auschwitz know what it was. Others will never know.

But would they at least understand?

Could men and women who consider it normal to assist the weak, to heal the sick, to protect small children, and to respect the wisdom of their elders understand what happened there? Would they be able to comprehend how, within that cursed universe, the masters tortured the weak and massacred the children, the sick, and the old?

And yet, having lived through this experience, one could not keep silent no matter how difficult, if not impossible, it was to speak.

And so I persevered. And trusted the silence that envelops and transcends words. Knowing all the while that any one of the fields of ashes in Birkenau carries more weight than all the testimonies about Birkenau. For, despite all my attempts to articulate the unspeakable, “it” is still not right.

Is that why my manuscript—written in Yiddish as “And the World Remained Silent” and translated first into French, then into English—was rejected by every major publisher, French and American, despite the tireless efforts of the great Catholic French writer and Nobel laureate François Mauriac? After months and months of personal visits, letters, and telephone calls, he finally succeeded in getting it into print.

Though I made numerous cuts, the original Yiddish version still was long. Jérôme Lindon, the legendary head of the small but prestigious Éditions de Minuit, edited and further cut the French version. I accepted his decision because I worried that some things might be superfluous. Substance alone mattered. I was more afraid of having said too much than too little.

Example: in the Yiddish version, the narrative opens with these cynical musings:

  In the beginning there was faith—which is childish; trust—which is vain; and illusion—which is dangerous.

We believed in God, trusted in man, and lived with the illusion that every one of us has been entrusted with a sacred spark from the Shekhinah’s flame; that every one of us carries in his eyes and in his soul a reflection of God’s image.

That was the source if not the cause of all our ordeals.

 

Other passages from the original Yiddish text had more on the death of my father and on the Liberation. Why not include those in this new translation? Too personal, too private, perhaps; they need to remain between the lines. And yet . . .

  I remember that night, the most horrendous of my life:

“. . . Eliezer, my son, come here . . . I want to tell you something . . . Only to you . . . Come, don’t leave me alone . . . Eliezer . . .”

I heard his voice, grasped the meaning of his words and the tragic dimension of the moment, yet I did not move.

It had been his last wish to have me next to him in his agony, at the moment when his soul was tearing itself from his lacerated body—yet I did not let him have his wish.

I was afraid.

Afraid of the blows.

That was why I remained deaf to his cries.

Instead of sacrificing my miserable life and rushing to his side, taking his hand, reassuring him, showing him that he was not abandoned, that I was near him, that I felt his sorrow, instead of all that, I remained flat on my back, asking God to make my father stop calling my name, to make him stop crying. So afraid was I to incur the wrath of the SS.

In fact, my father was no longer conscious.

Yet his plaintive, harrowing voice went on piercing the silence and calling me, nobody but me.

“Well?” The SS had flown into a rage and was striking my father on the head: “Be quiet, old man! Be quiet!”

My father no longer felt the club’s blows; I did. And yet I did not react. I let the SS beat my father, I left him alone in the clutches of death. Worse: I was angry with him for having been noisy, for having cried, for provoking the wrath of the SS.

“Eliezer! Eliezer! Come, don’t leave me alone . . .”

His voice had reached me from so far away, from so close. But I had not moved.

I shall never forgive myself.

Nor shall I ever forgive the world for having pushed me against the wall, for having turned me into a stranger, for having awakened in me the basest, most primitive instincts.

His last word had been my name. A summons. And I had not responded.

 

In the Yiddish version, the narrative does not end with the image in the mirror, but with a gloomy meditation on the present:

  And now, scarcely ten years after Buchenwald, I realize that the world forgets quickly. Today, Germany is a sovereign state. The German Army has been resuscitated. Ilse Koch, the notorious sadistic monster of Buchenwald, was allowed to have children and live happily ever after . . . War criminals stroll through the streets of Hamburg and Munich. The past seems to have been erased, relegated to oblivion.

Today, there are anti-Semites in Germany, France, and even the United States who tell the world that the “story” of six million assassinated Jews is nothing but a hoax, and many people, not knowing any better, may well believe them, if not today then tomorrow or the day after . . .

I am not so naïve as to believe that this slim volume will change the course of history or shake the conscience of the world.

Books no longer have the power they once did.

Those who kept silent yesterday will remain silent tomorrow.

 

THE READER would be entitled to ask: Why this new translation, since the earlier one has been around for forty-five years? If it is not faithful or not good enough, why did I wait so long to replace it with one better and closer to the original?

In response, I would say only that back then, I was an unknown writer who was just getting started. My English was far from good. When my British publisher told me that he had found a translator, I was pleased. I later read the translation and it seemed all right. I never reread it. Since then, many of my other works have been translated by Marion, my wife, who knows my voice and how to transmit it better than anyone else. I am fortunate: when Farrar, Straus and Giroux asked her to prepare a new translation, she accepted. I am convinced that the readers will appreciate her work. In fact, as a result of her rigorous editing, I was able to correct and revise a number of important details.

And so, as I reread this text written so long ago, I am glad that I did not wait any longer. And yet, I still wonder: Have I used the right words? I speak of my first night over there. The discovery of the reality inside the barbed wire. The warnings of a “veteran” inmate, counseling my father and myself to lie about our ages: my father was to make himself younger, and I older. The selection. The march toward the chimneys looming in the distance under an indifferent sky. The infants thrown into fiery ditches . . . I did not say that they were alive, but that was what I thought. But then I convinced myself: no, they were dead, otherwise I surely would have lost my mind. And yet fellow inmates also saw them; they were alive when they were thrown into the flames. Historians, among them Telford Taylor, confirmed it. And yet somehow I did not lose my mind.

 

BEFORE CONCLUDING this introduction, I believe it important to emphasize how strongly I feel that books, just like people, have a destiny. Some invite sorrow, others joy, some both.

Earlier, I described the difficulties encountered by Night before its publication in French, forty-seven years ago. Despite overwhelmingly favorable reviews, the book sold poorly. The subject was considered morbid and interested no one. If a rabbi happened to mention the book in his sermon, there were always people ready to complain that it was senseless to “burden our children with the tragedies of the Jewish past.”

Since then, much has changed. Night has been received in ways that I never expected. Today, students in high schools and colleges in the United States and elsewhere read it as part of their curriculum.

How to explain this phenomenon? First of all, there has been a powerful change in the public’s attitude. In the fifties and sixties, adults born before or during World War II showed a careless and patronizing indifference toward what is so inadequately called the Holocaust. That is no longer true.

Back then, few publishers had the courage to publish books on that subject.

Today, such works are on most book lists. The same is true in academia. Back then, few schools offered courses on the subject. Today, many do. And, strangely, those courses are particularly popular. The topic of Auschwitz has become part of mainstream culture. There are films, plays, novels, international conferences, exhibitions, annual ceremonies with the participation of the nation’s officialdom. The most striking example is that of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C.; it has received more than twenty-two million visitors since its inauguration in 1993.

This may be because the public knows that the number of survivors is shrinking daily, and is fascinated by the idea of sharing memories that will soon be lost. For in the end, it is all about memory, its sources and its magnitude, and, of course, its consequences.

For the survivor who chooses to testify, it is clear: his duty is to bear witness for the dead and for the living. 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.

 

SOMETIMES I AM ASKED if I know “the response to Auschwitz”; I answer that not only do I not know it, but that I don’t even know if a tragedy of this magnitude has a response. What I do know is that there is “response” in responsibility. When we speak of this era of evil and darkness, so close and yet so distant, “responsibility” is the key word.

The witness has forced himself to testify. For the youth of today, for the children who will be born tomorrow. He does not want his past to become their future.

E.W.

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The questions and discussion topics that follow are designed to enhance your reading of Elie Wiesel’s Night. We hope they will enrich your experience as you explore this poignant and fiercely honest remembrance of the Holocaust.
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  • Posted June 6, 2009

    This book should be on school required reading lists

    While "watching" someone lose their faith is heartbreaking, the book takes the reader on a step-by-step journey with the writer from his home, to the concentration camp, and to the liberation of the camp. The seemingly benign initial events leading to the concentration camp will stimulate young readers to question the status quo.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 5, 2002

    Not for Christmas

    It is a horribly depressing book that i do not recommend to read before the Christmas, but my English teacher forced us to, so i do not have a choice, but YOU DO! Be smart and read it after Christmas or sometime else.

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 9, 2009

    more from this reviewer

    Bravo!

    The audio was done so well that I felt like I was there. The story is about one man's real life testimony of a dark historical past that can not be forgotten. It serves as a reminder that even in the 20th century, people are capable of incredibly monstrous acts. Testimonials like these help make sure that history does not repeat itself.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 3, 2009

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    Very touching book, I was completely absorbed in the story.

    I bought the audiobook because it was on sale, however I would have paid double the original price. This is one of the few books that I've read that actually touched my heart and spirit and reduced me to tears. Once I started listening to the story I could not stop, it was that absorbing. This was a great book, I highly recommend it, you will not be disappointed.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 2, 2004

    A very dissapointing short story...

    It took me a while to read this small book. It seemed like it just kept repeating. When I finished the book, the ending was as dissapointing as the book!

    1 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 19, 2002

    night

    Overall I was pretty disappointed with the novel Night. I was expecting much more than what I got out of it. In fact, I didn¿t really get much out of it at all. The Holocaust is such an amazing tale of striving for survival and so much emotion is wrapping in it as well. But when reading this book, the one thing that I was looking for was missing- emotion. I wanted to feel that the author was feeling. I wanted to see things from his view. I couldn¿t because there was no emotion to go along with the story. I felt that I was told what was happening but I couldn¿t feel it. It was stated that it was hard to survive, but not expressed in the proper manner. Also, because of the lack of emotion it almost seemed that the holocaust wasn¿t that big of a deal; which disappointed me more than anything else. I know the holocaust is a huge ordeal and should be talked about only in certain ways. The book should have displayed how incredible hard it was to survive and feeling that where flustering the author while it was happening.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 1999

    A Great and True Story

    I am not going to waste your time in talking about how gory the book was, or how it is to graphic. The librarian at my school said that we couldn't have this book at our Catholic school because,'...that these type of books aren't written for our age level.' I personally think that our age level hasn't been written for those books. I thing that the children of today would be much less shocked when they journey into the world if they weren't protected from the truth of those that came before us and we could learn from their mistakes.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 19, 2014

    The book Night by Elie Wiesel it was a good book for teens and a

    The book Night by Elie Wiesel it was a good book for teens and adults.The book starts off boring but then gets really good it is about a boy struggling through getting taken from his mom and his home and only left with his dad.I liked the detail in the book. If I had to read it again I would. 

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  • Posted May 18, 2009

    Awesome!

    The holocaust was a very horrible memory for those who experienced it. And for those who didn't this chilling story will make you feel like you were actually there.

    From the beginning you can tell that Night is a terrific book. From the stories of Moshe the Beadle to the actual events that Elie and his Father are put through. This book is an edge of your seat thrill ride from star to finish.

    Elie Wiesel starts this book off and it was like hook, line, and sinker, he had me hooked from the very beginning. Elie's descriptive language and artistic detail of the events that he goes through just puts a Van Gogh like image in your head.

    Night starts out in the village of Sighet, the home of many Jewish people. From there the stories that Moshe the beadle tells send shivers down your spine and that's just at the beginning of the book!

    Elie Wiesel is a very good author. The events that he went through and how he describes them almost are so horrible; you can't even think that they ever happened.

    In night the thing that drew me to it the most was how almost no characters are flat. Everyone that Elie mentions seems to have a story and you can get to know them on a personal level. This helps you get attached to the book and helps you keep interest.

    I have always had a passion for hating to read books but when I read Night I absolutely loved it. It is a very good book and it keeps you wanting to read more and more at the end of every chapter. I will advise anyone to read this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 28, 2009

    One of those books you just can't put down!

    March 28, 2009. I recently read this book for an english class. I thought it pretty dry at first then I found that I could not put it down. The way it describes the treatment and the conditions of places like aushwitz during the holocaust was unimginable. How it describes german Nazi's using babies of all things as machine gun practice was just so inhumane you couldn't belive that people could be so cruel to one another. Some people say that the holocaust never happened but this book proves those people wrong! This book will definitly take you on an emotional rollercoaster, that doesn't end untill the end of the book.

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  • Posted February 16, 2009

    Glad I Listened

    I listen to audio books on the way to and from work as a way to transition from one world to the other. The stories I listen to are usually non-fiction so this was a real break from that mold.<BR/><BR/>As disturbing as the story was, and as angry as my response, I'm glad I listened. <BR/><BR/>Mr. Weisel endured the most horrendous acts of man-against-man and survived. His story should be required reading for everyone.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 7, 2007

    Wake up call

    Night is quite a book to read. I love how this book warns us of history's tendency to repeat itself. It is very important that we as a people not only read 'Night', but take heed to the warnings of it and make sure that a genocide never occurs again on the face of the earth. This book not only causes me to reflect on the Holocaust, but also to reflect on other genocides that are currently occurring around the world in places such as the Sudan and Northern Uganda. Makes me ask myself if we as a cultured people are really listening to the warning of 'Night' and taking action to ensure that no one else will have to undergo such horrors.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 1, 2007

    Thrilling and terrifying, it keeps you in your seat

    Night keeps you glued to your seat. It tells of the horrifying reality of what happen to Jews during the holocaust, and in this book Elie Wiesel is giving his own acoount of what happen to him and his family forcing you to see the scenes he experienced, and the brutality of it all. This book is a must-read novel.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 16, 2006

    Wow....

    I read this book my 11th grade year in my English class and all I have to say is that this book is great! I highly recommend people to read this novel. This book is definitly an attention grabber. So descriptive and touchy. I definitly going to read all of Elie Wiesel's books. Elie Wiesel is a amazing author and great person. He took his experiences at Auschwitz and put it all in text. All people should really read this accomplishment.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2006

    VERY MOVING!

    This was a book I had to read in my school years. I have always been interested in the holocaust. Im not big on reading books but this one I couldnt put down. Its so sad. Im glad Mr. Wiesel told his story it needs to be told so people dont forget & so it doesnt happen again!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 5, 2006

    Read it b/c of Oprah

    Ok this is a sad story and the holocust was truly a horrific time in history however this book tells just that - a 'story' about a teenagers experiences during that time. I dont understand all the uproar all of a sudden - expect that Ms. Oprah put it in her book club. Its a small book which makes for a quick read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 27, 2006

    wow

    This book is just amazing. To know that people had the will to go on living after everything they cared about, their families, friends, everything. To read everything that they went through and everything they lived through. It must have been so hard for him to relive all of his feelings and emotions while going through all of that. He is an amazing person.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 31, 2006

    Great but sad

    It was a great story. I loved it but it was very sad. You really learn very much about the holocaust because it is a true story. I reccomend this book to everyone who is willing to learn.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2006

    Night review

    Night is an unforgettable account describing the horrors of the Nazi death camps. It tells the story of the desperation and exhaustion imposed on the Jewish people while living in a hell on earth. Although a painful and sorrowful description of the Holocaust, Wiesel¿s message was effectively transmitted to his readers. With his direct approach, the reader is able to comprehend the reality of the Holocaust in a straight-forward manner. His frank writing style made it easy for the reader to picture themselves in the author¿s shoes, and experience life in a concentration camp. Another strength of this book was that Wiesel was able to leave room for the reader to form his/her own opinions. He did not make his audience emotionally attached, but he provided them with the ultimate truth. Night was not only story, but a lesson for all humankind. By describing the realistic tragedies of the concentration camps, Wiesel was able to inform the world of the truth behind the Holocaust. In putting his experience in writing, Wiesel helped to prevent past mistakes from being repeated. He experienced the agony of a massacre, and realized that no human should encounter it again. Superbly written with an efficient message, I cannot say any bad things about this book. In helping me to better understand the suffering and terror of the Holocaust, Wiesel¿s story was informative, and yet an amazing read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 11, 2006

    Love it, and hate it

    Very awesome book, with a lot of power. It is so hard to read because of the nature of the book, it makes you wonder how any human could do that to another.

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