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, 2006.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780374500016
0374500010
Branch Call Number: 940.548 W637D
Characteristics: xxi, 120 pages ; 22 cm.
Additional Contributors: Wiesel, Marion

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A terrifying account of the Nazi death camp horror that turns a young Jewish boy into an agonized witness to the death of his family.

A terrifying account of the Nazi death camp horror that turns a young Jewish boy into an agonized witness to the death of his family.


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ethan_h_li
Jun 18, 2021

In “Night”, Elie Wiesel tells the story of his deportation and imprisonment as a Jew during the Holocaust, and his survival through the harshest and most inhumane conditions. He used to live a normal life, but with the rise of the Nazi’s, his world shattered. Separated from his mother and sister, he and his father barely hung on to life. It is pieced together to make the reader feel in the moment. I would rate this
book a 5 out of 5. The message and cruelty behind “Night” shows the need for justice, but also makes me feel like I’m in a time machine.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Apr 17, 2021

This powerful and action-packed book overviews some of the many lifetime events of Elie Wiesel when he was just a child. Being deported for being Jewish was not an easy thing, as I have learned from history. Auschwitz’s concentration camp had some of the more horrific protocols that I could ever imagine. Elie captures the scary experiences of his own and can successfully make the reader much engaged in the book and actually feel the dark and iciness of night, which seems to last forever. How his God has escaped from his soul. I think that Elie’s relationship with his father in the camps evolves, changes, and fills the reader with shocking emotion from beginning to end. His message clearly portrays the timeline of concentration camps and morale. I would rate this book a 4.5 out of 5, because although this book is not my style of reading, the scenes are so realistic, and it is like living in the past, and I’m able to learn and make historical connections from this.
@SirSurreal of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

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linmanuelmiranda1
Mar 29, 2021

It's a short book yet every page is infused with the horror of what happened in World War 2. What life was like, the gradual yet quick progression of how the Germans kicked them out of their houses, unknowingly saying goodbye to your family for the last time, and how survival can completely change people. It's a horrifying book but one that is still important to read.

spookycait Mar 20, 2021

This book has had a profound effect on me ever since I read it in high school. Wiesel's account of events that unfolded are heartbreaking and incomprehensible. I know no written word showcases any comparison to what was truly experienced and witnessed. His story filled with courage and perseverance rocked me to my core. This novel is the only one that has brought me to tears.

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fred98115
Jan 28, 2021

Short but strong, well-written book by the winner of the Nobel Peace Prize. Harrowing description of a teenage boy collected by the Germans for internment in a World War Two concentration camp. Brief, stark testimony of the inhumane treatment in the camps. Author survived but with severe post-trauma stress and could not write about his experience for years.

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Hoocat91
Dec 29, 2020

2016

JCLHollyB Oct 14, 2020

Horrifyingly beautiful. A survivor's tale that took true courage to write.

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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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iamyanett
Jan 16, 2021

"Those who kept silent yesterday, will remain silent today."

-Page xiii

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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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