Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Night (The Night Trilogy, #1)” as Want to Read:
Night  (The Night Trilogy, #1)
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview


(The Night Trilogy #1)

4.36  ·  Rating details ·  1,125,566 ratings  ·  33,608 reviews
Born in the town of Sighet, Transylvania, Elie Wiesel was a teenager when he and his family were taken from their home in 1944 to Auschwitz concentration camp, and then to Buchenwald. Night is the terrifying record of Elie Wiesel's memories of the death of his family, the death of his own innocence, and his despair as a deeply observant Jew confronting the absolute evil of ...more
Paperback, 115 pages
Published January 16th 2006 by Hill & Wang (first published 1956)
More Details... Edit Details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Night, please sign up.
Popular Answered Questions
John Wiesel was younger than your son when he experienced Night. Think about that. Of course, part of education, perhaps the most important part, is learni…moreWiesel was younger than your son when he experienced Night. Think about that. Of course, part of education, perhaps the most important part, is learning about and confronting history. Hiding from it is not healthy. Wiesel's language is plain and clear, written in a way that allows students, even middle schoolers, to read and understand. I would applaud the school and the teacher for leading students through such an important text. If you are worried about your son reading the book, I think it is appropriate to ask the teacher questions about how they are teaching it and how they are prepared to deal with emotional trauma students might experience reading it. I would not challenge their choice to teach it. (less)
Chad This statement does not make sense to me. It would be like me saying that students should not read about slavery because black students might ask unco…moreThis statement does not make sense to me. It would be like me saying that students should not read about slavery because black students might ask uncomfortable questions of white students. One of the goals of these uncomfortable books is to encourage hard discussions that need to take place. Another is to present stories that let the reader see how this could have been them had they been born in a certain family at a certain time. If you can do both of those two things, you have succeeded as an author.(less)

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
Average rating 4.36  · 
Rating details
 ·  1,125,566 ratings  ·  33,608 reviews

More filters
Sort order
Start your review of Night (The Night Trilogy, #1)

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
Jul 29, 2008 rated it really liked it
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
Sasha Alsberg
Jan 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
"Our lives no longer belong to us alone; they belong to all those who need us desperately." - Elie Wiesel
Lisa of Troy
Mar 14, 2022 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a true account of Elie Wiesel, a 15-year old Romanian Jew. At the beginning of the book, Wiesel’s religious leader warns him of the danger, but no one listens. The family is confident that everything will be alright. However, the Germans march in without even a fight. Overnight, regulations go into effect including wearing of the yellow star. Eventually, the Jews are forced into a ghetto. Then, they are told to move. Where they were going, no one knew. They were herded into a cattle car, ...more
Chris Horsefield
Jan 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Upon completion of this book, my mind is as numb as if I had experienced this suffering myself. So much pain and suffering are thrown at you from the pages that one cannot comprehend it all in the right perspective. One can only move forward as the victims in this book did. Step by step, page by page. Initially, numbness is the only way to deal with such anguish.
Otherwise one becomes quickly overwhelmed by the images that evoke questions that cannot be answered.
And yet, I read this book from t
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
Sep 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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
"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
Ahmad Sharabiani
Un di Velt Hot Geshvign = Night (The Night Trilogy #1), Elie Wiesel, Marion Wiesel (Translator), François Mauriac (Foreword)

"We must take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented."

Born in the town of Sighet, Transylvania, Elie Wiesel was a teenager when he and his family were taken from their home in 1944 to Auschwitz concentration camp, and then to Buchenwald.

Night is the terrifying record of Elie Wiesel's memories of the de
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 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourites
I am so thankful, for everything I have today! So thankful for all the peace around, smiling faces, food in my plate and for the place to sleep... I am truly, Thankful.

This book reminded me, quite a few times, the story of the fox and the rabbit. The story goes like this... in the forest, the hungry fox was running after the white rabbit. They ran and ran after each other across the forest for a while, before the rabbit could finally get into it`s hole under the big tree (the word "home" never
Lindsay - Traveling Sisters Book Reviews
5 stars......I am at a loss for words.......upon finishing this memoir, I am so full of intense emotion yet I feel empty at the same time......

This is a DEEPLY moving and powerful book about the author's experience in concentration camps and the atrocities that happened during the Holocaust. Words cannot describe how I truly feel about what I read on these pages. It is impossible for us, as readers, to truly fathom this piece of history, unless we lived it. I hope everyone takes the time to read
Dec 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing

I have read two books that described a nightmare, painted a picture of hell. The second was Blood Meridian, or the Evening Redness in the West by Cormac McCarthy and first is Night.

I still think of this book sometimes and shudder and I realize that evil is never too far buried in us. The scene where the line of doomed prisoners splits in two with Mengela conducting, a perverse parody of the last judgment seems ripped from Dante.

Apr 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
The gods
the godliness of whom
died long ago
made you a joke.

Did I write it so as not to go mad or, on the contrary, to go mad in order to understand the nature of madness, the immense, terrifying madness that had erupted in history and in the conscience of mankind?
- Elie Wiesel

The above-mentioned lines by Elie Wiesel reminds me of what George Orwell said in his essay Why I Write that one would never undertake such a thing if one were not driven on by some demon whom one can neither resist nor un
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
Mar 10, 2022 rated it it was amazing
Deeply moving, man’s inhumanity to man never fails to shock.
Dec 17, 2007 rated it it was amazing
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
Jon Nakapalau
To bear witness to a crime so pervasive is to see the abyss...it stares back at you, through your soul, making you question if there is a bottom to the depth of the depravity of mankind. To be able to find light again is amazing - truly one of the most important books on loss and gain we all must weigh and balance - highest recommendation.
Mark Lawrence
Nov 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Infinitely sad. A book everyone should read.

RIP Elie Wiesel.

Auschwitz was liberated 75 years ago, during my father's lifetime. It really could happen again, any place, any time. Humanity has it in them, it just needs the right conditions to grow.
Apr 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction, memoir
“Those who kept silent yesterday will remain silent tomorrow.”

My first reading of Elie Wiesel's Night occurred during this year's Holocaust Memorial Day.

 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 substantiv
Heidi The Reader
Aug 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: memoirs, non-fiction
Night is Elie Wiesel's memoir about his experiences during the Holocaust. It is shocking and sad, but worth reading because of the power of Wiesel's witnessing one of humanity's darkest chapters and his confession on how it changed him.

In the new introduction to the ebook version I read, Wiesel talked about the difficulty he had putting words to his experience. "Convinced that this period in history would be judged one day, I knew that I must bear witness. I also knew that, while I had many thin
Greta G
Mar 17, 2016 rated it liked it
Intrigued by the success and popularity of this book, as opposed to more factual holocaust memoirs, I did a little research on the history of the book, and I came across an interesting article on Wikipedia.
According to the information contained in this article, Wiesel moved to Paris after the war and in 1954 completed an 862-page manuscript in Yiddish about his experiences, published in Argentina in 1956 as the 245-page Un di velt hot geshvign ("And the World Remained Silent")
It is unclea
Fabian {Councillor}

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,
Elyse  Walters
Nov 15, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I read this book once before
but read it again yesterday---with the new preface by his wife Marion Wiesel.

I did not plan on reading the whole thing--I just wanted to read the new Preface---but then while sitting around (with sick people in the house)--I just dived into the horror again.....(with expanded thoughts than in years pass).

''The night had passed completely. The morning star shone in the sky. I too had become a different person. The student of Talmud, the child I was, had been consumed by the flames. All that was left was a shape that resembled me. My soul had been invaded—and devoured—by a black flame.''

Beautiful and devastating work. I applaud Elie Wiesel for having the courage to describe traumatic experiences in such an intimate and honest way, not shying away from the dark part of human nature that can come t
Mar 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I remember that I first became aware of this story when it was put on the Oprah book club list years ago..I’ve always meant to read it since then.
We read all these novels based on the Holocaust and they are really tough to read, but these first hand personal experiences are so brutal and unimaginable.
Ellie was only 15 when he and his family where taken away to the camps.
I really can’t say more then others have said in their reviews, but.. just read it.. or listen, this audio was good!

Excerpt fr
Mar 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
there are simply no words which i could write that would do this book the justice it deserves. i am speechless.

5 stars
Michael Finocchiaro
This was a short and painful book to read, seeing the bright optimistic boy in the heart of his family in Hungary transform into a lone skeleton in Buchenwald was traumatizing. While I appreciated this account, it was quite abbreviated and I preferred Primo Levi’s account for its poetry. Nonetheless, Wiesel’s account is equally terrifying and very moving.

In terms of historical context, the Nazis started deporting Hungarian Jews late in the war, when it was clearly a losing cause because despite
Jan 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
Sean Gray
Jan 12, 2008 rated it it was ok
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
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next »
topics  posts  views  last activity   
Catching up on Cl...: Night-May 2019 19 105 Aug 08, 2022 03:52AM  
The Harvard of Mu...: Night Trilogy 8 12 Apr 23, 2022 08:38AM  
Play Book Tag: Night by Elie Wiesel- 5 stars 5 11 Mar 28, 2022 07:06AM  
Dr. Moran's AppSt...: Night Review 2 4 Mar 15, 2021 09:17AM  
Dr. Moran's AppSt...: Night Review 2 1 Mar 15, 2021 09:16AM  
Dr. Moran's AppSt...: Night Review 2 2 Mar 15, 2021 08:52AM  
Dr. Moran's AppSt...: Night 2 2 Mar 15, 2021 08:50AM  

Readers also enjoyed

  • To Kill a Mockingbird
  • The Outsiders
  • The Giver (The Giver, #1)
  • Of Mice and Men
  • The Great Gatsby
  • The Glass Castle
  • The Diary of a Young Girl
  • Into the Wild
  • Lord of the Flies
  • Fahrenheit 451
  • Romeo and Juliet
  • Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience and Redemption
  • The Catcher in the Rye
  • Number the Stars
  • Animal Farm
  • Tuesdays with Morrie
  • The Kite Runner
  • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
See similar books…
See top shelves…
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

Other books in the series

The Night Trilogy (3 books)
  • Dawn
  • Day

Articles featuring this book

Today we're shining a spotlight on some of the top-rated translated books on Goodreads. Doing so not only promotes the universal joy of...
100 likes · 75 comments
“Human suffering anywhere concerns men and women everywhere.” 2154 likes
“To forget the dead would be akin to killing them a second time.” 1062 likes
More quotes…