Night by Elie Wiesel

Night by Elie Wiesel is a book I wanted to read for a while. Now that my studies finished, I can read the books I postponed. Elie was born in what is today Romania. I’ve read a lot of books on the Holocaust, but this is a primary account of the Holocaust and I haven’t read that before. Of course, Anne Frank’s diary was a bit of that, but it ended when she was transported to the concentration camps. This is a short account of life including the concentration camps such as Auschwitz.

Night by Elie Wiesel

The book is only 120 pages long and it is a must read. He talked about his life before everything started. It is a personal and heartbreaking account to read, but that makes it special.
The book was translated by Marion Wiesel, his wife. This makes the book even more special. I was most impressed by his views and reflections before he was taken to the camps. What they thought was the worse it could happen… which is something we all could relate to, before something so horrible that it was not even imagined happened. I highly recommend the book.

Night by Elie Wiesel

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My rating: 5/5 Stars
Would I recommend it: yes
Published by: Penguin Books
Year it was published: 2008 (first published in 1956)
Format: Paperback
Genre(s): Memoir
Pages: 145

About the author: Eliezer “Elie” Wiesel was a Romanian-born American writer, professor, political activist, Nobel laureate, and Holocaust survivor. He authored 57 books, written mostly in French and English, including Night, a work based on his experiences as a Jewish prisoner in the Auschwitz and Buchenwald concentration camps.
In his political activities Wiesel became a regular speaker on the subject of the Holocaust and remained a strong defender of human rights during his lifetime. He also advocated for many other causes like the state of Israel and against Hamas and victims of oppression including Soviet and Ethiopian Jews, the apartheid in South Africa, the Bosnian genocide, Sudan, the Kurds and the Armenian genocide, Argentina’s Desaparecidos or Nicaragua’s Miskito people.
He was a professor of the humanities at Boston University, which created the Elie Wiesel Center for Jewish Studies in his honor. He was involved with Jewish causes and human rights causes and helped establish the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C.
Wiesel was awarded various prestigious awards including the Nobel Peace Prize in 1986. He was a founding board member of the New York Human Rights Foundation and remained active in it throughout his life.
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2 thoughts on “Night by Elie Wiesel”

  • I’m familiar with Elie Wiesel, but never read this book. I’ve tagged the audio version at my library. Did you realize it’s the first in a trilogy? (followed by Dawn and Day)

    Some years ago I read The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom which shares her experience hiding Jews in her home and how she and her sister ultimately ended up at Ravensbrück. It has a Christian message, though, so might not appeal to you.
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    • I know that it is a trilogy. I should read the other two as well. But Night is autobiographical, while the other two are fictional, if I am right.

      Many of the people who hid Jews or other people who were persecuted were religious. I might get the book, I found it at a local library. I just borrowed quite a few books this weekend, so I might add this one for the next batch of books I’m borrowing.

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