Night

Night

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A New Translation From The French By Marion Wiesel

Night is Elie Wiesel's masterpiece, a candid, horrific, and deeply poignant autobiographical account of his survival as a teenager in the Nazi death camps. This new translation by Marion Wiesel, Elie's wife and frequent translator, presents this seminal memoir in the language and spirit truest to the author's original intent. And in a substantive new preface, Elie reflects on the enduring importance of Night and his lifelong, passionate dedication to ensuring that the world never forgets man's capacity for inhumanity to man.

Night offers much more than a litany of the daily terrors, everyday perversions, and rampant sadism at Auschwitz and Buchenwald; it also eloquently addresses many of the philosophical as well as personal questions implicit in any serious consideration of what the Holocaust was, what it meant, and what its legacy is and will be.

Publisher: New York : Hill and Wang, c2006.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780374500016
0374500010
Branch Call Number: 940.54 Wiesel
Characteristics: xxi, 120 p. ;,22 cm.
Additional Contributors: Wiesel, Marion
Alternative Title: Un di ṿelṭ hoṭ geshṿign

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JCLBeckyC Dec 21, 2016

Night is Elie Wiesel's masterpiece--a candid, horrific, and deeply poignant autobiographical account of his survival as a teenager in the Nazi death camps.

Night is Elie Wiesel's masterpiece, a candid, horrific, and deeply poignant autobiographical account of his survival as a teenager in the Nazi death camps.

“A slim volume of terrifying power.”—The New York Times

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"Required reading for all of humanity." —Oprah


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Sean_Exon
Sep 29, 2020

Night is a memoire written by Elie Wiesle narrated by Eliezer, a Jewish teenager and his plight of surviving Nazi Germany’s concentration camp. During WWII, Eliezer lived in the Transylvania Hungarian region (modern day Romania) in a Jewish community where he was devoted to his faith. Soon after German occupied Hungary, the Nazis arrested the Jews. He and his father were taken to the notorious concentration camp in Auschwitz. As soon as they stepped off the train at Auschwitz, the smell of death, of burning bodies filled the air. Eliezer walked passed incinerators where they burned babies. He and his father were lucky to be assigned to labor instead of being put to immediate death. The extreme inhumane treatment at the concentration camp turned most prisoners to be concerned only with their own survival over helping each other. Life in this atrocious condition forced Eliezer to abandon God whom he once loved and questioned if He really existed.

Anyone interested in learning about the Holocaust must read this book. Its compelling description of the unimaginable cruelty of Nazi Germany is eye opening and jaw dropping. Shock of the graphic depictions brings the horrors of the concentration camps to life. The only ‘crime’ the prisoners committed was just because they were Jews. This book also awakens its reader about discrimination as a whole and how discrimination can be massively destructive and often deadly. Night is a trilogy written by Elie Wiesel. I am absolutely going to read the other two books, Dawn and Day.

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IshaanGupta30
Jul 23, 2020

Night is marvellous memoir written by Elie Weisel about his experience at the Nazi German Concentration Camp at Aushwitz during the Holocaust. He was separated from his mother and sister as soon as they got to the camp and later from his father. Most of the novel follows Elie and his father trying to survive. Elie describes all his experience in a very detailed manner which greatly adds on to the overall emotional connect with the readers.
This is one of the finest books I have read. Elie Wiesel’s experience is a very engaging but a sad one. Wiesel describes all his experience with the Nazis very emotionally. One important learning for readers to speak up when there is prejudice around them. It provides detailed information as to why and how the Holocause happened, and how to prevent such future occurrences.

ChChlibgirl Jul 20, 2020

A sobering and necessarily heavy account of events inside a Nazi concentration camp, over the course of 11-months, from the perspective of a Jewish Holocaust survivor. The prose is beautiful and moving, though no horror is spared and some of the depictions of death and violence are pretty confronting. Overall, a grim but thought-provoking portrayal of the most violent and desperate parts of human nature. A warning for the future and should be essential reading for anyone looking at the Holocaust.

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suveen
Jul 13, 2020

Night
The novel Night by Elie Wiesel is an amazing book and so well-written. This book is based on a true story and is about Elie Wiesel’s experiences during the Holocaust. The Holocaust was the World War II genocide of European Jews. Wiesel talks about the injustices that he faced while in these concentration camps and how he overcame these without losing hope. This book is such a great read and so well-written. People should be educated about history and the injustices that took place. However, I think that this book wouldn’t be the best if you are just looking for a casual read. I loved everything about this book and I would definitely recommend it to others.

star rating: 4

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Algae_EJSC
Apr 23, 2020

This book is incredible i read it a couple of years ago and it made me angry, sad and much more at the same time. awesome book everyone should read this absolutly incredible

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InsJavert
Apr 18, 2020

According to the synopsis of this book, Elie Wiesel wrote this book to bring to the world, the atrocities which occurred in the death camps and extermination of the Jews.

My immediate take away is no matter what is written, what is described, the total recounting of all that happened, it is incomprehensible as to what occurred and what Elie Wiesel experienced. Just as those who suffered these atrocities could not comprehend what was happening to them, even as it occurred, it was also incomprehensible to me this actually occurred. Yes, I know it happened, yes I have seen pictures, actual video and newsreel clips, seen the movies, and all the rest, but because it is just impossible to grasp the magnitude the cruelty one people can inflict on another people, the gross brutality meted out, the evil we want to deny that exists in human beings, especially against another human being because of the hatred which smolders in the inner regions of our souls, which we try to keep buried or even deny exists.

I believe Elie Wiesel accomplished what he set out to do. He brought to man, a look at the evil man is capable of inflicting on his fellow man. Who can imagine, much less, can comprehend over six million people of a religious belief were exterminated. If this occurred once, it is capable of happening again, and this must not happen. Unfortunately it has repeated itself, in Africa, in the Middle East, and other places. Maybe not on the massive scale as occurred in WWII, but it still is occurring. We need books of this ilk, we need to be reminded of the vulgar brutality that mankind is capable of doing to another.

I also believe, Elie Wiesel set for all time, the background and benchmark of further writings as well as the images which are portrayed in movies and re-enactments of this period in our history. Because Elie Wiesel broke the ground and exposed all this first, makes this book a mandatory book for all to read. This book should be forever compulsory reading for all in all languages, to be read and re-read. We must never forget.

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humbleworm
Jan 07, 2020

"Night" is a short memoir, more graphic in detail than Art Spiegelman's 1980 graphic novel "Maus". No one would enjoy either, but you may not be able to look away, nor should you. You will find Schindler's List or The Boy In The Striped Pajamas less cathartic. I would be remiss not to also recommend Martin Niemölle's short 1946 poem "First they came ...", which is obviously the basis for Turin Brakes' catchy song "Sea Change" using sped-up melody from Sting's song "Fragile" ... but I digress with no disrespect intended. History repeats patterns like a fugue, more often when we revise or fail to learn from our mistakes.

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FPL_LaurenG
Dec 30, 2019

This short book packs a powerful punch. Tragic and inspiring is the translated true story of survival by Elie Wiesel.

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danielestes
Sep 13, 2019

One of the classics of the 20th century. The prose is choppy, but I'm sure that's in part due to it being translated from Yiddish. Wiesel's account is traumatic, and you must frequently remind yourself that it's all true. Short and an important read.

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lianaherman
Aug 21, 2019

Nobel Peace Prize winner Elie Wiesel narrates his horrifying encounter at the concentration camps during his childhood in this short and well-written documentary. A must read for everyone.

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Gwen904
Feb 07, 2019

I did not weep, and it pained me that I could not weep. But I was out of tears. - Page 112

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Gwen904
Feb 07, 2019

"Why do you cry when you pray?" he asked, as though he knew me well.
"I don't know," I answered, troubled.
I had never asked myself that question. I cried because… because something inside me felt the need to cry. That was all I knew.
"Why do you pray?" he asked after a moment.
Why did I pray? Strange question. Why did I live? Why did I breathe?
"I don't know," I told him, even more troubled and ill at ease. "I don't know."
- Page 4

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charlesbihomora
Nov 30, 2018

All fair game in love in war.

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sandradeet
Sep 04, 2012

"Human suffering anywhere concerns men and women everywhere."

d3ilien Oct 07, 2011

“I wanted to see myself in the mirror hanging on the opposite wall. I had not seen myself since the ghetto. From the depths of the mirror, a corpse gazed back at me. The look in his eyes, as they stared into mine, has never left me.”
Page 109, Paragraph 9, Line 2

MargaretMajewski Aug 29, 2011

"Never shall I forget those flames that consumed my faith forever. Never shall I forget the nocturnal silence that deprived me for all eternity of the desire to live" p. 34

spunknheaven Apr 28, 2011

where is God?
He is here hanging on these gallows

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xiantuo
Jul 06, 2016

I see that many of you have written paragraphs about this book... and all I have to say is:
A Jewish boy become a Nazi prisoner during world war 2. Was that really so hard?

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csrestall
Jun 12, 2016

This is the account of Elie a young Jewish boy who is taken away to a concentration camp along with the rest of his family and community. He witnesses the most horrific acts committed throughout his ordeal resulting in the loss of his father, mother and little sisters at the hands of the Nazis.

momotaj1997 Jul 02, 2013

it's about Elie Wiesel and concentration camps. Elie suffered a lot and his family too. their rights were taken away from and they were taken by the ghetto. when he went to the concentration camp he was separated from his mom and sisters. in addiition, they moved from camps to camps. also, they had to work long hours and less food. also, he meet many relatives on the concentration camps. at the end, he's father die and he survive. the most interesting thing is that he wrote the book Night from his expereience from the concentration camps.

agatak980 Jul 02, 2013

A very touching auto-biographical novel in which Elie Wiesel strongly and emotionally conveys to us readers through his use of painful and tragic words. Elie decided to spread the world by telling his horrible and emotional story of his life in the concentration camps and his strong hatred of the man who made his life horrible-Hitler.

flash2121 Jun 04, 2013

Ellie Wiesel documents all these atrocities that has happened to him during the holocaust..

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LukeTabidze
Jan 01, 2017

Frightening or Intense Scenes: As a survivor of the Holocaust, Wiesel depicts graphic sequences in concentration camps: execution, beatings, crematoriums, and hangings. Very disturbing.

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email_becs
Jul 05, 2010

Coarse Language: 2 instances of cursing.

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