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Night (The Night Trilogy #1)

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Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel offers a personal and unforgettable account of Hilter's reign of terror. Narrated by Obie award winner George Guidall.
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Published May 1st 2004 by Recorded Books (first published 1958)
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Sam Ben Avraham My grandmother's brother was Elie Wiesel's best friend. This book is not made up, to that I can attest to through this connection. In addition, Mr.…moreMy grandmother's brother was Elie Wiesel's best friend. This book is not made up, to that I can attest to through this connection. In addition, Mr. Wiesel is a professor at Boston University, lecturing in the Holocaust Studies department. As a respectable University, I do not think that BU would hire someone who has done what you are accusing Elie Wiesel of. And something to reflect on... Let's assume it is true. Doesn't someone who has gone through something as horrific as the Holocaust deserve the respect to have extensive research done before calling him a fraud? You mention believe the Auschwitz Museum. Are you referring to the Camp itself that is now a museum, or is there a museum about Auschwitz you know that maybe I am simply unaware of? You also claim that Elie Wiesel never shows his number. How do you know this? And could it possibly be that people respond to such horrific traumas as the Holocaust in different ways, and Mr. Wiesel finds it too difficult to show other people?
Another note that should be interesting to everyone who posted here: Elie Wiesel wrote night when he was in the hospital he refers to at the end of the story. But he originally writes it in Yiddish. What takes longer is for him to write it in English and to publish it at all. Immediately after WWII the world was in such a state of shock, people couldn't comprehend and understand a story like 'Night.' It took a lot of bravery to publish such a book. The picture Aetna refers to below can be seen in the Israeli Holocaust Memorial, Yad Veshem, and I believe in the U.S. Holocaust Memorial in Washington D.C. I'm sure it can also be found on the internet.
May I ask you 1 more question? What is it about this story that made you suspect it was unreal? And not simply unreal, but fraud? You did research after reading it, but what prompted this research? (less)
Bob Walenski Hi Sherrie I also used to teach this novel, or at least chapters from it, and never knew there were more, or that it was a trilogy. The others are…moreHi Sherrie I also used to teach this novel, or at least chapters from it, and never knew there were more, or that it was a trilogy. The others are titled 'Dawn' and 'Day'(less)
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There is little that freaks me out more than the Holocaust. And I'm not belittling it at all with the phrase 'freaks me out.' Growing up in the 1970s and 80s, I felt sufficiently desensitized enough by television violence to be able to gauge how often I need to shake the jiffy pop and run to the bathroom before the program/violence resumes.

Elie Wiesel's Night brings me back to my senses, makes me hate the cold hearted bitch I've learned to be. And not by some overtly dramatic rendition of the ho

The author, who is actually in the above picture, said it best in the forward; “Only those who experienced Auschwitz know what it was.” I think we can all agree with that. But can we, the reader, even understand what happened there? Can modern men and women comprehend that cursed universe?

I’m not entirely sure.

I first read this in my eighth grade History class. I was 13. It changed my life. Before this book my world was sunshine and rainbows. My biggest concern was whether or not a boy named Ja
This book is a hard, righteous slap in the conscience to everyone of good will in the world and should stand as a stark reminder of both: (1) the almost unimaginable brutality that we, as a species, are capable of; and (2) that when it comes to preventing or stopping similar kinds of atrocities or punishing those that seek to perpetrate such crimes, WE ARE OUR BROTHERS' KEEPERS and must take responsibility for what occurs "on our watch."

This remarkable story is the powerful and deeply moving acc
Oct 01, 2016 Brina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The first time I read Night by Eli Wiesel I was in an eighth grade religious school class. At that time it had recently become a law in my state to teach the Holocaust as part of the general curriculum, and, as a result, my classmates and I were the torchbearers to tell people to never forget and were inundated with quality Holocaust literature. Yet even though middle school students can comprehend Night, the subject matter at times is still way over their heads. The book itself although a prize ...more
This book has garnered so many five-star reviews and deals with such important subject matter that it almost feels like an act of heresy to give it a mere four stars. Yet that is exactly what I'm going to do, for while Night is a chilling account of the Holocaust and the dehumanisation and brutalisation of the human spirit under extreme circumstances, the fact remains that I've read better ones. Better written ones, and more insightful ones, too.

Night is Elie Wiesel's somewhat fictionalised acco
Jul 16, 2012 Kat rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone with a soul
Shelves: eyeopening
I teach this book yearly, but my students seemed distant from the true reality of the story. When I use the Holocaust Museum's interactive of Lola Rein's dress, it hits them. Real people, real history. The immediacy of the tragedy that was Wiesel's then comes to life in a way that a junior or senior can grasp. I also tell the story of my friend, Ida, and her "no grandparents". That is the hardest part for me as it is so personal. She was the daughter of survivors - she had no grandparents and I ...more

Night is perhaps one of the most remarkable, harrowing and haunting accounts of the events in the Nazi Germany concentration camps Auschwitz and Buchenwald. I read this powerful work only a few days before news of the author's, Elie Wiesel's, death were announced, and both shocked me. The first, because unless you have experienced it for yourself, you will never be able to realize the full extent of what happened in the Second World War with all its different facets and emotions, and the latter,
"I was the accuser, God the accused. My eyes had opened and I was alone, terribly alone in a world without God, without man. Without love or mercy."

These words and this book just tore at my heart. I have seen Night, have heard of Night for many years now. I waited to read it, unsure what I could possibly gain from reading another account of the evil existing among our fellow human beings – I will become enraged and depressed. I can’t change history. I will be forced to examine my own faith and I
Jan 23, 2013 Kristen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Shelves: 5-star
A poignant and unforgettable 5 star read.

“Human suffering anywhere concerns men and women everywhere.” ― Elie Wiesel, Night

It's been years since I've read this book, but as my son needed to read it for school, I decided to read it with him. I'm glad I did.

Night, which is one man's tragic yet remarkable survival of the Holocaust, is a powerful, shocking, heartbreaking, poignant, yet triumph-of-the-soul biography. This book speaks to humanity about the atrocities man is capable of committing. It
Jul 24, 2016 Erika rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I’ve been meaning to read Night for years and finally picked it up shortly after hearing about Eli Wiesel’s death. Night is not a book that I can review. It defies critique, and even analyzing it from my sunny porch with a cup of coffee, feels wrong. Yet it’s the reasons that Night belongs outside of criticism that make it so important.

There is the Holocaust and then there is the world’s relationship with the Holocaust. By the end of the 60s that relationship encompassed adult children of survi
Jun 26, 2016 Kelli rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: not-fiction
This is not a review. I am not worthy to review this book. This is my third time reading Night, having read it as a requirement in both high school and college. I picked it up at the library because it was upright on a shelf and I noticed it had a new preface by the author. I have read that preface four times so far. The PREFACE is that important, that thought-provoking. I am speechless. I am awestruck by the tremendous person that Elie Wiesel is. The story is a heartbreaking, terrifying account ...more
Sean Gray
Jan 12, 2008 Sean Gray rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: eh
Recommended to Sean by: the michigan state board of education
Night, was possibly one of the worst books I've ever read. I was suprised when I logged on to find, Five star reviews of this book. Yeah, so it was written by a holocaust survivor. It doesn't make it well written. From a literary standpoing, purely. It was terrible. As Ms. Hawley would say, It lacked sentence variation. Maybe it was better when it was written in German? Maybe he should have let a "professional" writer, write it for him. I'm not bashing him, or his writing. Kind of. His writing n ...more
K.D. Absolutely
May 09, 2011 K.D. Absolutely rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to K.D. by: Oprah Book of the Month
If Anne Frank was 13 when Germans came to Netherlands, Elie Wiessel was 15 when the same thing happened in Romania. Two teenage children who saw the atrocities of the German armies who were blinded by their loyalty to Hitler. There were a few differences: Anne Frank died in the concentration camp while Elie Wiessel survived. Anne Frank's diary, first published as The Diary of a Young Girl in 1950, was written in young girl's language while she was on a hiding while Night by Elie Wiesel tells the ...more
Tom Mathews
Jul 08, 2016 Tom Mathews rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone and everyone.
July 2, 2016: On hearing of the passing of Elie Wiesel, President Obama, who visited the site of the Buchenwald concentration camp with Wiesel in 2009, "He raised his voice, not just against anti-Semitism, but against hatred, bigotry and intolerance in all its forms. He implored each of us, as nations and as human beings, to do the same, to see ourselves in each other and to make real that pledge of 'never again.' "
I first read this book about 40 years ago and it has stayed with me ever since.
Jul 22, 2007 Daniel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I had put off reading this story for a variety of reasons, main among them that I knew what I would be facing, and was eager to find an excuse not to. After having been to the Dachau Concentration Camp in Germany, the images of the now-dead ovens still linger somewhere in the recesses of my mind, and to back to it, to read from someone who went through it, was not something I readily wanted to do. But I did; I gathered myself up and read through in a couple of days, the end of the book taking me ...more
Paquita Maria Sanchez
I had trouble discerning whether this book was actually incredibly well written, or just horrifyingly honest enough to shock you into awe. What I have pulled from it is less the prose, and more the images burned in my brain from the chilling facts that they express. Having read The Lost, I was at least somewhat prepared for the places Wiesel was to take me, and the terror contained within this short volume is actually minor compared to the extensive atrocities researched and transcribed by Mende ...more
Jan 04, 2016 Mario rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Never shall I forget that night, the first night in camp, which has turned my life into one long night, seven times cursed and seven times sealed....Never shall I forget those moments which murdered my God and my soul and turned my dreams to dust. Never shall I forget these things, even if I am condemned to live as long as God Himself. Never.

I picked up this book from the library just because it was short, and I wanted a short and easy read. I've never heard of it before, so I had no idea what I
In 1944, at the age of fifteen, Elie Wiesel, his parents and three sisters, were transported from Sighet to the Auschwitz concentration camp in Poland. Upon arriving they were ordered, "men to the left, women to the right". Elie would never see his mother and younger sister Sarah again. What followed was two years of living hell, two years of "night".

What it was like in a concentration camp, what it was like for Elie and his father, can not be put into words that would be adequate to describe t
Jonathan Ashleigh
I can't bring myself to write a review of this book. It did keep my attention and made me feel numb at times, but the things that are missing I wont describe.
Wayne Barrett

The author didn't bother with useless filler in this telling of his experience during the Holocaust. He went straight to the point... and the point is horrifying. It's stories like this that need to be remembered if humankind ever has a hope to evolve beyond our tendencies to war, murder and hatred.
I’ve read enough on the Holocaust that I never felt great pull to read this testimony. But it called to me this winter, and I was glad I answered. It is a slim volume that bears witness to Wiesel’s family being confined by the Nazis to a ghetto in their town in Transylvania and later his separation from his mother and sisters and confinement with his father at the camp in Auschwitz. There the teenager struggles unsuccessfully to save his father. All the wisdom and hopefulness instilled by his Ra ...more
Mark Lawrence
Jul 03, 2016 Mark Lawrence rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Infinitely sad. A book everyone should read.

RIP Elie Wiesel.
From the first few sentences, to the final closings words, I did not move. Elie Wiesel had my complete attention, and total respect, for the immense courage it must have taken to relive the horrors he went through in writing this book. Harrowing and chilling but told with great compassion, his struggle for survival during the holocaust is almost too unbearable to contemplate. But this has to be read, and everyone should do so, it makes all the mundane things in life seem far more important. Afte ...more
Christian Guzman
What a short but phenomenal novel. I was completely invested in this story from the beginning all the way until the very end. I read this book in almost one sitting. The author of this story, Elie Wiesel won a Nobel Peace Prize award aside from writing this compelling book about his horrific experience during the holocaust era. His experiences are frightening. Not many people could endure what he went through. Which then makes you think, some people didn’t live to tell their own tale. So you can ...more
Diane Barnes
Jul 13, 2016 Diane Barnes rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What can I say about this book that hasn't been said better by Wiesel himself? Powerful and moving. My copy has his 1986 Nobel Acceptance Speech at the end, and there is so much there that applies to this moment in our history that it's eerie.
Night. No one was praying for the night to pass quickly. The stars were but sparks of the immense conflagration that was consuming us. Were this conflagration to be extinguished one day, nothing would be left in the sky but extinct stars and unseeing eyes.

By now, almost everyone has read this book, but if you haven't, I will start by encouraging you to read this version, a Marion Wiesel (Elie's wife) translation. The author seems to be pleased with this translation, the other, he thought "seem
Jul 07, 2008 Xysea rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: history buffs, almost anyone, really
What can I say that hasn't already been said?

This book is the newer translation, with some clarifications to the chronology of people and events, with introductions by Wiesel himself and the man who fought to have the book published, Francois Mauriac.

The prose is in a relatively simple style. After all, the story is dramatic enough; it needs no embellishment. It is as if you are watching the whole thing through a plate-glass window, and you're banging on it, yelling, 'Hey, hey you, they're tryin
Anna Motteler
Jan 22, 2009 Anna Motteler rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: EVERY SINGLE PERSON.
Recommended to Anna by: Mrs. Recker

I loved this book. I loved the honesty, the horror, & the truth that was revealed, by this amazing person.

I had to read this book for my English class, & boy, my English class somehow found HUMOR behind this book. I was thoroughly agitated by their finding this funny. NOTHING was funny in this book. NOTHING is funny about what Hitler did. & NOTHING is funny about the burning of human bodies or especially BABIES, while they're STILL ALIVE.

I wanted to punch every person in my class for
You can't critique this book. You can like it, you can dislike it, but you can't reason out why. That would be an insult to the memory of this horrific time, and an insult to the man who lived through it and chose to cry out to the world against it. The most you can do is read it, and take away something from it. You can never fully understand the emotions this book encompasses, for the price of understanding is death, if not of the physical than of the mental. Read it, and know that this was no ...more
The important thing here is not to confuse this with Twilight, which is a totally different thing.

Night is the most crucial of the books I've read about the Holocaust. It's spare and unflinching and deadly. Wiesel never pulls a punch or writes an extra word. I read it as part of a Holocaust segment (I know, I know), including The Diary of a Young Girl, Comedy in a Minor Key and This Way for the Gas, Ladies and Gentlemen. The latter two are terrific books in their own right. Comedy is a smaller,
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Eliezer Wiesel was a Romania-born American novelist, political activist, and Holocaust survivor of Hungarian Jewish descent. He was the author of over 40 books, the best known of which is Night, a memoir that describes his experiences during the Holocaust and his imprisonment in several concentration camps.

Wiesel was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1986. The Norwegian Nobel Committee called him a
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