Sunday, April 11, 2010

Night by Elie Wiesel: A Book Review

Night is a powerful, touching personal story of despair. When he was fifteen, Elie Wiesel was forced to leave his village in Transylvania for an unknown destination far away. His relatives, friends, and neighbors were also taken, crowded onto trains and forced to travel to days, pondering their fate. But how could any of them have known the horrors that awaited them at the place called Auschwitz? It was a concentration camp, one of many that had sprouted up across Nazi-controlled Europe. Here, the elderly, the sick, and the young were killed, and everyone else was slowly starved or worked to death. This is the story of a survivor, a memoir filled with both tragedy and triumph, about a factory of death, a place where hope was stamped out, where most who entered its gate never came back out...but some did. And one of them is here to tell his story with this book; what he speaks of may have happened decades ago, but it is an important lesson for all of us to remember, so that something like this may never happen again.


  1. I think this is the first book that ever made me cry.

  2. A truly powerful book. While I don't remember crying, I might have. I hope you're also going to read Wiesel's Dawn.

  3. This book broke my heart, but I was so glad to have read it. You're right, Annie - we need to remember.