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Night by Elie Wiesel
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Mar 25, 2012

really liked it

Having learned a lot about the Holocaust, I thought there was little new to read about the extent and style of the atrocities committed on the Jews - but this book was different. It's a short, but effective, memoir of Elie Wiesel, who was sent with his family to some of the more notorious prison camps, including Auschwitz and Buchenwald. He and his father are separated from his mother and his siblings. He never knew what happened to them, so the memoir focuses on him and his father. The book was factual, but not overly emotional, but it works because it is the personal recollection of a teenage boy who witnessed humans doing things to other humans that no person, of any age, let alone a young man, should witness. It brings a stark reminder that the stories of the Holocaust do not have to exist in dramatic adaptations or emotionally enhanced movies to be powerful and affecting. I'm glad I read it.

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