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Oscar The book Night written by Elie Wiesel and published in 1960. The book then went on to win multiple awards, including the Nobel Peace Prize in 1986, and overall gained a large amount of fame. There are many reasons why Night has won so many awards, but the most obvious reason is because of the powerful feeling it gives all of its readers. Also, Night is very unique because it gives information about the Nazi concentrations camps, which had very few survivors, making Elie one of the few people to write a book about it. Most information of the Nazi concentration camps comes from survivors telling their brief stories or from war veterans describing what it was like liberating them, but only a few survivors actually documented their horrible journey through thousands of words in a book. This is one reason that makes Night so interesting and compelling, because it gives detailed insight on what the hard life was like inside concentrations camps.
Like mentioned above, many people know of, or have at least heard of, the Holocaust which occured in Nazi Germany and killed over 6 million innocent Jews from 1933-1945. But, the detailed life inside these camps is rare and never precisely accurate, at least not without the help of survivors like Elie (previously known as Eliezer, before he changed his name). Night is all about Eliezer’s rough venture that he is forced to go on to the different concentration camps; Auschwitz, Buna, Gleiwitz, and finally to Buchenwald, all while being young and alongside his father who is slowly deteriorating from health issues.
Night first begins in Sighet, Transylvania, his hometown, and here he lives seemingly peacefully with his father (who is never named), his mother Sarah, and his younger sister Tzipora. While living in his town, Eliezer often practices his Jewish faith religion with his friends and family. His dedication to the religion is constantly mentioned throughout the book by praying and pleading, but he slowly loses faith in his religion as he realizes God will not help.
While Eliezer is eleven, his horrible journey starts as the rumors become reality, the Nazi Germans are going to terminate the Jews. Him and his family are first sent to Auschwitz through a long agonizing train ride, with no valuables or activities to pass time, just their horrid imagination as they have already heard many convincing theories. Then, upon arrival, the males and the females are immediately split up, leaving just Eliezer and his father (we learn that his mother and sister eventually die there). Straightaway, Eliezer and his father become hungry, and this is a constant feel as they are only fed a minimum amount of bread throughout all the camps.Then, after being refused bread and beaten, they are forced to wait in line for selection to happen. One step away from the “incinerator” Eliezer and his father get pulled away by a fellow Jewish friend of theirs who is a police officer. The officer describes what happens if you are “picked” and puts them in the clear for this camp.
After they are saved from the first camp, Eliezer and his father are sent to multiple other ones where they continue to pass the “selection” for workers. Although it may seem good that they pass, they often think about suicide because of the tough labor and starvation, ontop of being malnourished. There is also many times where Eliezer and his father get seperated because of “selection”, but they ultimately find each other every time, even after being seperated for weeks. Along with all of the struggles they come across, Night also brings in an interesting theme about religious faith which Eliezer has a hard time believing because of the cruel deaths he witnesses and he wonders why God would ever let this happen.
Overall, Night is all about Eliezer and his sick father going through many concentration camps that deliver pain and torture onto every prisoner who is forced to live there, especially Eliezer’s father. With the many aspects that the book has, I recommend this book to anyone that wants to learn more about the holocaust in detail and everything that happened up to the liberation. I also recommend this book to anyone who is just looking for a very powerful book that inflicts many emotions that leave you looking at life in a more thankful and different perspective.


Booked In Arrowhead 2019 Oscar this is but the first book in the Night Trilogy and highly recommend you read the other two books Dawn and Day. While short they are also powerful and only by reading all three will Night come full circle.


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