Review – “Night” by Elie Wiesel

Night (Night, #1)Night by Elie Wiesel

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A powerful narrative of a survivor of the Nazi death camps. The 8th grade teachers read this out loud to our homerooms.

I read this first as a High School sophomore and was very much struck by the first hand account of the atrocities that occurred during the Holocaust. I had read Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl previously and was certainly touched by the voice of a 15 year old girl from beyond the grave. What Night provides are the same intimate details of the fear and hatred and conditions Anne Frank describes while she and her family are in hiding that Elie Wiesel experienced on the inside of Auschwitz, including the brutality, callous violence, and how the experience changed people into mere shadows of humanity. I think that the narrative of how the experience affected Wiesel in his life after the war ended is just as sad as the events he endured while imprisoned.

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