Night: Oprah Selection #55

Night: Oprah Selection #55

Paperback | January 16, 2006

byElie WieselTranslated byMarion WieselPreface byElie Wiesel

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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.

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A New Translation From The French By Marion WieselNight 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...

Elie Wiesel (1928-2016) is the author of more than fifty books, including Night, his harrowing account of his experiences in Nazi concentration camps. The book, first published in 1955, was selected for Oprah's Book Club in 2006, and continues to be an important reminder of man's capacity for inhumanity. Wiesel was Andrew W. Mellon Pr...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:144 pages, 8.13 × 5.47 × 0.34 inPublished:January 16, 2006Language:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Left me speechless A survivors story, honest and open. Leaves no details out, very incredible story.
Date published: 2016-08-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My favorite book of all time I have read this book too many times to keep track. What a classic
Date published: 2014-10-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow. I put off reading this. I wish I hadn't. It was incredible. I'm still reeling that a book this small changed who I am. I haven't had this happen since Animal Farm, but the depth of this one... Wiesel presents this heartbreaking subject with such genuine, humble naked honesty. I suggest clearing your day when you read this- you'll need silence afterward, and the world won't look the same.
Date published: 2014-04-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Unbelievable read It's hard to believe that someone could go through this and still keep on going. It shows the resilience of the will to live. Excellent book
Date published: 2013-11-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful yet horrific Wow, where to begin? First of all, I would like to thank Elie for sharing his story with the world. I have no words to explain how crazy and unimaginable this book is. How on earth can someone pick up a small, innocent little baby and throw him/her into a a pit of fire! How?! I felt so much emotions while reading this book. At times I would feel sad, then I would cry, then I would smile and then I would cry a bit more. Elie described everything, absolutely everything, not leaving any detail behind. It made me feel so disgusted how some men and women can acctualy do such a thing and not feel any guilt afterwards...This book is simply amazing, a MUST read.
Date published: 2013-02-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Breath-taking! It is truly a shock that one has lived to tell such a story and a great achievement. I express my greatest thanks in being able to read it. Thank you.
Date published: 2012-04-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Witnessing madness This book is the real story of a boy who survived the Nazi holocaust of Jews in world war II. Described are the many struggles for survival physically and mentally. Terrible oppression, starvation, murder, injustice, death, fear, savage violence, etc... The only negative thing about the book is that it is very short, with only about 114 pages of actual description of events. Very well written.
Date published: 2012-01-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! This book was amazing. It is such a touching story that pulls you in from the moment you start. You go on the emotional journey with the author has he retells his story of living through the Holocaust. It starts with his life in Transylvania, living with his parents and sisters. He was a very devout Jew who felt really connected to God and his faith. Although the war is happening, this community had not yet felt the effects of Nazi Germany. The reader is witness to a "sped up" version of what happened in Germany in Elie's hometown near the end of the war. In a matter of months, they experience what happened in a matter of years. We travel with his family on the train to the concentration camps and see him get separated from the women in his family. The remainder of the story is about him and his father and their struggle to survive. We se Elie question his faith and all of humankind. This story does not really have an ending, but it suits the style of the story and experience. Elie Wiesel pulls the readers into his world and gives them the chance to understand what happened to so many people during the Holocaust.
Date published: 2011-12-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beyond words... Firstly, let me make it clear that I did not read this book because this was recommend by Oprah. I was required to read “Night” for my college English course and when the professor informed our class that this is about holocaust; my initial, but disgusting, reaction was “Oh, there we go again. Another book on holocaust….” I would like to have this opportunity to proclaim that I was abhorrently mistaken. Elie Wiesel’s “Night” would have to be one of the greatest books I have ever read. This is no ordinary story about holocaust, nor does the writer employs any decorative language. Yet, this simple writing is written such elegance and levity that it’s unutterable. This is true story of a human being, written with such humanity. This is a story of a great evil that ever infected our world. This is a story of a boy who went mad in order to comprehend “the nature of madness.” This is a story of a boy who watched helplessly as “language became an obstacle.” This is a story of a boy who amid grave dangers didn’t lose his faith in God – yet struggled with it. This is story of a boy who was frail and weak yet felt strong because he was the accuser, God the accused. This is a story of That Night. As he writes in brevity yet bravely: “Never shall I forget that night, the first night in camp, that turned much life into one long night seven times sealed. Never shall I forget that smoke. Never shall I forget the small faces of the children whose bodies I was transformed into smoke under the silent sky. 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. Never shall I forget those moments that murdered my God and my soul and turned my dreams into ashes. Never shall I forget those things, even were I condemned to live as long as God Himself. Never.” And this humble reviewer and reader can only promise that never shall I forget his story and the untold story of countless others who were deprived by the depraved. Highly recommended to anyone who can read. You don't have to be Jewish in order to comprehend this man's feelings. I am neither Jewish nor religious.
Date published: 2011-09-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Something to Remember Words cannot describe how well this book was written. Every single person needs to be educated and aware of what happened during this time in history, and Elie Wiesel definitely paints a detailed picture for his readers. This book should be read by everyone
Date published: 2011-08-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A wonderful read. Another incredible book by someone who suffered the pain and memories of evil. I never get tired of reading about the concentration camps and it is a reminder that we must never let it happen again. Thank you for writing this and keeping it alive.
Date published: 2011-08-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely a must read Elie Wiesel's ``Night`` is a life altering read. His horrifying account of life in a Nazi concentration camp makes you feel like you are living the horror. Mr Wiesel's attention to detail is probably the best I have read in any book. It is almost unthinkable that people can treat their fellow human beings the way Mr. Wiesel and his family were treated. ``Night`` is a powerful book that any avid reader shouldn`t miss. This is a book that you will read again and again. Once you are finished reading Night, you might want to dive into Elie Wiesel`s other books such as Dawn, The Trial of God, Day, and The Forgotten.
Date published: 2011-02-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing A first I was not sure I would want to read this book as I usually can't watch TV shows on this subject. Not only could I read it, I read it in one sitting. The book is only about 100 pages but it feels like it is 300 pages. It is the best account on this topic I have ever read. You have to read this.
Date published: 2011-01-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Must Read... Shocking and compelling. However, I don't think I can read this again. It's a book you will never forget.
Date published: 2010-11-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Intense This book was one of my required reading for a class, and I am glad I had a chance to read it. It can be painful to read all that Elie Wiesel had to endure, but it's important to get a different point of view, a ground level view, of the Holocaust. An excellent memoir, and definitely a must-read.
Date published: 2010-10-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Small But Powerful. I absolutely loved this book. A beautiful, and haunting story. Memorable characters, moving on many levels - and a rare perspective on such an explored era in recent history. I could read it over and over again.
Date published: 2010-04-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Book Like No Other! Remember reading this book a long time ago in high school. Now that I'm older and hopefully wiser, this book is more powerful and haunting than I recall. Within a concise narrative, Elie Wiesel transports us back to the dark days of Europe when evil was paramount and the human spirit was waning. This book serves as an educational marker for later generations of the horrors of war, totalitarianism, hatred and intolerance. The Holocaust must never be forgotten as it showed us that even within advanced civilizations, the worst debasement of humanity is possible.
Date published: 2009-07-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic but sad Night is a memoir of Wiesel's time spent in concentration camps and work camps during WW2. This was an excellent book and his writing is outstanding, but I would not recommend it to the faint of heart. He describes the very real, but very disgusting acts that were taken out on Jews and other prisoners held in the camps in detail. There are many books about the holocaust and the horrible effects of the Nurembourg Laws on Jews in Germany. What I found remarkable about Wiesel's book was the raw emotion he writes with - he does not only reflect on what happened to him and his family but also on how he actually felt towards the people around him, the nazis, and God. He also touched on some topics that are not easily or frequently talked about, such as prisoners fighting each other over food and the death marches that occured shortly before liberation. An excellent book that deserves all the acclaim. Highly recommended! Night is the first part of a trilogy about his life and I look forward to reading the other two books: Dawn and Day
Date published: 2009-05-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Such an inspirational book!!!!! 5/5 This book is very life altering!!!! I read it in school and couldn't get enough!!!! This book needs to be read by everyone to continue on telling the terrible tragedy of the Holocaust. I believe that everyone who reads this book will be in awe of the courage Elie shows in this book!!!! A must read!!!! 5/5
Date published: 2009-01-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Life altering I read this book when I was at University. Being a student of Political Science, the Holocaust was an intensely studied subject. A professor of mine suggested I read this book and for the first time in my life, it took me two weeks to read a book. In case you need to understand...I read the entire Stephanie mayer's twilight series in two weeks...almost three thousand pages. The little tiny "The Night" novel took me two weeks to read because it was so heartwrenching, heartbreaking, difficult, fascinating, heart stopping, breathtaking work of art I had ever read. I relished every word and when I read that last phrase, when he looks himself in the mirror and sees a corpse...it changed me. I dreamed about this book months after I finished it and here...six years after, I still tremble with the thought of its haunting tale. It is not my favorite book in the sense that I would never be able to read it again, but it was the most life altering story I had ever read. The story begins with a fairly large jewish family living in the midst of the beginning of WWII. Elie is a young man wanting to experience life. He is barely a man. Then the Nazi come and takes the entire family hostage. Elie must become a man within the camps, trying to survive for the sake of surviving. How do you survive when you have nothing to survive for? I can't believe how people were able to resume their lives after such horror, but to read about it...you can taste the fear, feel the agony and your heart aches with their despair. For anyone who want to read a story they will never forget, to read a story that will truly open their eyes and experience events that are too real to be imagined...read this story.
Date published: 2009-01-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An absolute MUST Read! For such a slim novel, "Night" was a very heavy read. Once started, it became hard to concentrate on much else. Thankfully, I was able to finish it in just a few sittings over two days. Elie Wiesel's memoir of this terrible event in history left me emotionally wrought to the point I found it hard to respond to the everyday events and laughter of my own family. One cannot read this account without feeling the anguish, the fear, the hurt and humiliation; the sheer terror that was Auschwitz and Buchenwald. At only 109 pgs., it is easy to see why this book has been taught in so many schools. Indeed, the copy I read is a twenty two year old classroom castoff from the Jr. High school my eldest once attended. Winner of the 1986 NOBEL PEACE PRIZE, I can't imagine anyone, not even the most reluctant student remaining silent and without a response to the intensity of this book.
Date published: 2008-11-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Daughters Read I have not read this book, but what a surprise when I seen it on Oprahs list. My 12 year old daughter read it , she enjoyed it and requested the Night Trilogys which contain 3 more stories from Elie. Just goes to show that if an adult reads your children will to and good quality books at that .
Date published: 2008-11-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Heart Wrenching A brilliantly told story from a brave man. Elie's description of his experience in several concentration camps is just astounding. My heart just sank as I read about infants being thrown into the air as target practice and people being burned alive. This is by no means an "easy" read and you will be shocked by the cruelty inflicted on human life. Elie's will to live in the face of devastation is incredible.
Date published: 2008-09-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from All-Time Favourite Book I've always been so moved by WWII. Elie Wiesel's Night is a phenomenon. I've never been remotely close to feeling the way I did when I read his book.
Date published: 2008-07-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! (Highly Recommend) Night by Elie Wiesel is a great retelling of Wiesel's actual experiences in the Holocaust. It is extremely depressing, but everything is very well described. I read this in grade eleven, and it gave me deeper insight on what had occurred. I highly recommend to anyone over the age of thirteen, because it is educational, and they can experience what Elie Wiesel experienced and nothing like the Holocaust can ever happen again.
Date published: 2008-05-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from It absolutely touched my soul This book is very well written with amazing characters. I read the book in a day...I just couldn't put it down! It was so touching it brought me to tears. Let's all hope this tragic event never happens again.
Date published: 2008-04-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow This book was great both the characters and plot were written good. It was a hard book to put down. I would recomand this book to any one that is considering chaning from fiction to biographies
Date published: 2008-01-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Book!!! An extremely well written and moving first hand account of the holocaust. I could not put this book down. I highly recommend reading this!
Date published: 2008-01-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Shocking and Powerfully written This true story of Elie Wiesel's disturbing and life-altering experiences as a young boy during Hitler's reign is nothing short of heroic.
Date published: 2008-01-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Profound This book is incredible. I first read it in university and since then I have re-read it over ten times. Everytime I read it I get something new. This is a must read for anyone interested in first had experiences during the Holocaust.
Date published: 2008-01-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Could not put this down What a very emotional story.I could not put this down.This is a book I think everyone should read.It's all about History.
Date published: 2008-01-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Must Read! Wiesel is a Holocaust survivor and pens his memories of those horrendous times in Night. Wiesel and his father stayed in Auschwitz for a period of time, but were also shuffled to and from other camps. He saw babies being burned, people being shot, men starving, and any other human atrocity you can think of. I can't really even try to review this book, because what I say won't do the book or the subject justice. How can you review a personal account of the Holocaust anyways? It is unbelievable that a human being could do such things to other human beings. What Wiesel describes is at some times so violent and despicable that it is hard to understand such things could happen. The writing of the book is very fluid and at times even poetic. It is not for the weak of heart though, as it is quite depressing.
Date published: 2007-12-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from : : : everyone should read this book : : : a book that breaks your heart, and again since you know that it's true
Date published: 2007-12-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic This novel was a real eye opener to what people in consentrations camps experienced during WWII. i loved this book and recomend it to everyone.
Date published: 2007-11-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic! Night by Elie Wisel was an amazing story. i havent finished it yet but i can guarantee that i'm going to cry. i've read exactly 21 pages and i'm completly apalled by what happened. I had no idea that the holocauste was so brutal and devistating.
Date published: 2007-10-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read! I read this in high school, although wasn't really into reading stuff about the war, I just couldn't put this book done until it was finished. It's unimaginable how society could do such a thing to a people who did merely nothing but happen to exist.
Date published: 2007-10-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Should be a mandatory read! After being intrigued by the title of this book (#55 on Oprah's book list) and researching the book further because I had never heard of it before, I decided I had to read Night. I was amazed and mortified at the same time from the first page through to the end. Mr. Wiesel wrote as if he was re-living each and every moment of the horrific things he had experienced during this time and I felt like I was there with him every step of the way. Don't be fooled by how thin this novel is, as every word between these pages has meaning, feeling, and life, with no "filler" words in between. This book touched me from the first page to the last, and I highly recommend this book for all ages and think it should be on every book list in school as a must to read before graduation.
Date published: 2007-09-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Emotionally Breathtaking I loved this book. I was a little worried at first as I am not usually a fan of the books featured by Oprah but this one was amazing. I would recomend this book to anyone who is at all interested in the human condition. I read it in one evening.
Date published: 2007-03-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing, but horrific, honest look at the holocost Many years ago as a high school student, we were assigned the task of reading "Night". This book took me through almost every emotion that a human can experience. Mr. Wiesel has told his story in such a way that you feel as if you experienced it right along side him. I cried, grieved, felt terror and even laughed. I have passed this book along to so many others, who all share the same experience.
Date published: 2007-02-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A must read book for all ages! The book NIGHT by Elie Wiesel is a tale that touches everyone of every age. It's a tale about a young boy who must suffer the lost of his society, of his family, but mostly of his identity. The book touched me in so many ways, I even wrote a poem about it and recommended it to all my friends and family. No matter how old you are, you'll be able to relate and understand this book. It's a must read book for all ages!
Date published: 2007-02-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing, Amazing, Amazing!!! Very captivating novel that captures the struggle of one boy caught in the horrific events of the holocaust. This book touched me in so many ways. Definitely the best novel I have read to date!!
Date published: 2007-02-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Unforgettable! I got comfortable and started reading and couldn't put this book down. I have read many books on World War II and the horrors of what happened to the Jews and yet this book has touched me more than all of them. The author in his simple way gave me a glimps of what it was like; running and running when all one wants to do is drop. We need more books like this to remind us that in a so called human world we can be so inhuman to others. Our generation needs to know and remember, so that in the future we will not turn a blind eye to what is happening in the world and to the suffering of others.
Date published: 2007-01-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Never Never shall I forget that night when I started reading those few pages; Never shall I forget the image of smoke; Never shall I forget the images of small faces of children that were the result of that smoke; Never shall I forget the flames that had consumed Wiesel’s faith forever; Never, will I even begin to understand the pain of watching my dreams turn into ashes; Never shall I forget a book so undersized to have so much effect and meaning; Never shall I read another thing like this again.
Date published: 2006-10-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Everyone must read this once This book was amazing. Everyone should have to read this once, to remember, to learn, to honour.
Date published: 2006-08-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excelent Book! This book was an eye opener. At first I didn't think I could read it, that it might be too disturbing, but this subject was too important. The world can not be allowed to forget how unbearably cruel humans can be.
Date published: 2006-08-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Frightening! This is a great book, very graphic, very real. It's hard to believe that you're actually reading a true story.
Date published: 2006-08-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A must Read I was not prepared for the emotional rollercoater I went through while reading this book. There were times that I felt that what I was reading could not possibly have happened to so many people. But as I read on I had mixed emotions of sympathy for those who did not surrvivie and for the families that lost them. and yet I felt joy for those who somehow survived a time that most people, even the strongets of us could not possiblt have lived through. If you have not read this book, you must. It teaches one compassion and love for the entire human race and teaches one that no matter what race, size or creed no one shold have to endure what these people had to.
Date published: 2006-08-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Remember... The atrocities and horrors of the ghettos and concentration camps of WWII are brought out full force in this book. It gives an all too real feeling to what it was like under Nazi occupation. As you read this book you are bathed in the author's feelings of losing his family and holding on to the only one left, his father, as they try to keep themselves alive through the terror of "selection". Somehow the author finds the strength within to survive. This book is a worthy read for all.
Date published: 2006-08-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Unimaginable Until I read this book I thought my Grandfathers stories were embellished. He lived in a Labor Camp for last 14 months of WWII, and I truly believed his stories to not have been true. I was almost tempted to ask my Grandmother what number he was given in the camp truly believing Elie Wiesel and him were at the same Camp. The book was captivating and truly pulls at your heart strings.
Date published: 2006-08-02
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A decent read I read this book and it felt like many of the books I've read on the Holocaust. It was a good first hand account.
Date published: 2006-07-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Makes you think! Opens your eyes on many things in life that we take for granted. The lives of these people will live on because of books like this. I could not put the book down. Go out and by the book.
Date published: 2006-07-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A must read for everyone! This is a novel with a timeless message. The author waited 10 years to write it so that he could look back on the incident from a distance; in doing so, he allows the reader a glimpse into a world no one would ever wish to live. With stark honesty and true heart, Wiesel shares his story with readers, leaving a lasting impression in the reader's mind that will be carried forever. Although it is a short novel, it packs a punch, and it displays both sides of human nature - our capacity for evil and our capacity for compassion . Most of all, it shares a story of survival that is candid and reaches to the depth of the matter experienced in such a way that it will leave the reader with an awareness of some of the deeper issues of the Holocaust and what it means to have lived it, died there, and survived.
Date published: 2006-07-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very Humbling I read this book a number of years ago in my grade 11 english class, because my teacher wanted us to better understand german concentration camps. I read this book, and cried through a good portion of it. This is just an amazing account. I would recommend it to anyone that wished to read about those events, but I would also caution them that it is not light reading. This book carries a pain and weight with it that you feel as you read it. it makes everything real as if it is happening right in front of you. There are two images that I have carried with me since reading it six years ago, the child on the train killing for the scrap of bread, and how everyone was too scared to jump the guards when they greatly outnumbered the guards.
Date published: 2006-07-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Eyeopening When I first opened this book I was only hoping to read about a chapter or so and then go to bed. Well I ended up reading the entire book. 3 hours later I finished. I could not put it down, this book opens your eyes into what the concentration camps were actually like. You already knew that they existed but now you know what went on daily. The auther explains what he saw so vividly that you feel like you are watching him. I really recommend this book.
Date published: 2006-07-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Profoundly Human Stark, honest, and raw. Elie Wiesel writes powerfully of his loss of his community, family, faith, and humanity while living in hell.
Date published: 2006-07-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from An Eye Opener This was an incredible book. I actually read this book 5yrs ago when I was a senior in high school and wow, it's sad that it took the author and the book being on Oprah for there to be interest in this story. I remember almost crying because I can not believe what these people went through and the strength of Elie to endure and survive the treatment inflicted upon him. This is a book I recommend highly because it opens your eyes, makes you evaluate yourself, and makes you think.
Date published: 2006-07-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Book! This book was really good. I saw the author, Elie Wiesel on Oprah talking about his experiences as a Jew in the war, and it made me really want to buy the book. I'm really glad I read it, because it opened up my eyes to how much suffering the Jewish people encountered in the past. I would recommend this book, because it really causes you to reflect on all the suffering in the world, and will inspire people to try and make a change.
Date published: 2006-07-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from a tale everyone should read... This was an amazing book, the entire time you are reading you feel as though you are right there with the author. Though in reality, we cannot image how horriblly so many people were treated. By the end of the novel you truly wonder how one goes on after experiencing such hardship and loss. A great eye opener that can esaily be polished off over a couple days.
Date published: 2006-07-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Should be read in high schools Elie Wiesel tells his personal story in a richly detailed and honest way, and we learn that war can bring out the worst in people - including its victims. It does not take Wiesel many pages to make a lasting impact.
Date published: 2006-06-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Emotional During and after reading this book all you can do is think. This book, I found, was very emotional. I can't imagine going through what Elie Wiesel lived through, it breaks my heart to think of it, and it hurts even more once you stop and think "Hey, people are still going through this today, just not in such massive numbers." I think everyone should read this book, it's a story that needs to be heard.
Date published: 2006-06-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A story you will never forget Night is a personal account of a holocaust survivor that will move you greatly. The descriptions of what went on in the Nazi death camps will keep you thinking as to how such attrocities could have happened for so long and to so many people. Elie Wiesel's personal struggles with God and his faith in humanity as well as his loss of all emotions in order to survive will give you a great introspect and make you feel what the millions of victims felt. Night is a short novel that made me want to lean more. It's a story that you will not and should never forget.
Date published: 2006-06-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from THE BEST & MOST HUMBLING BOOK EVER I seen Mr. Wiesel on Oprah and felt his pain with all his memories, but nothing compared to reading this wonderful book. I felt almost as if I were walking along with him as he told the events of the Holocaust. My husband has not read a book in I'm sure 35 years and after me telling him of this great book he is now going to read it. I only wish this book was a bit more reasonably priced so more people will have a chance to read it. I have a list of 24 people who are also interested in reading this. Thank-you for carrying this book and giving me a chance to read it.
Date published: 2006-06-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Unbelievable It is just unbelievable what Elie and all Jews went through during the holocaust. It was a terribly disturbing book yet morbidly I just couldn't put it down.
Date published: 2006-06-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Enlightening I found this book hard to pick up and equally hard to put down. It is the kind of book that forces the reader to look at their own life and really dive into their own actions and prejudices. It is as much a book about love and family as it is about hate and suffering. A truly important book, especially today when all over the world people continue to be persecuted.
Date published: 2006-06-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A heart breaking reality. Night by Elie Wiesel is the heart breaking tale of his life. This book was absolutely amazing and impossible to put down. This is a book that we all need to read, so that we never forget the painful reality that some have lived through and are currently living through.
Date published: 2006-06-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Window to the Life of a Survivor Great short read... as a political science student, I've read many novels in this genre, but I found Wiesels account to be particularly effective as it was condensed and easy to read. Its difficult to say that you "enjoy" such a novel due to the very nature, but definitely a moving and informative read. I also recommend (to those with interest in accounts of 'acts of genocide') Ordinary Men, Burning Tigress, Maus I and II (graphic novels of a Polish survivor recounting the tales of his father, amazing) and Shake Hands with the Devil for a more recent example.
Date published: 2006-06-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from utterly moving This book has moved me in such a profound way...i read it for my english class this year, and we were able to study it in great depth, which allowed me to appreciate it that much more. Elie Wiesel portrays a terrifing experience of the Jews, including himself, living in the concentration camps of the Second World War. He leads the reader through this unbelieveable account of how he endures victimization with his father, along with the other prisoners. Finally, Elie relates how the experience changes his faith and life forever. Everytime i read this memior, i cry. I can not help from being overcome with emotion when i read his story of utter horror and tragedy. Elie Wiesel has captured my heart, in a way that i can never explain. For those of you that havent already read this amazing tale, i seriously recomend it; it will change your heart entirely.
Date published: 2006-06-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Touching Tale When I was younger I was a voracious reader. But when I turned about 15 my attention seemed to shift and I was only reading when forced to by my English teacher. One day, a friend of mine at work pulled out the book "Night" and I asked her what it was about. She told me to read it. I read the entire thing in a 5 hour shift because I could not put it down. It is an incredible story about a young man who braves tremendous trials and pulls through the Nazi Prison camps with his life... and what's more it's a true story. It truly brought tears to my eyes. Elie Wiesel is an amazing author. I feel compelled now to read all of his books and they all seem to move me to read another. I highly recommend this novel for people of all ages as it portrays the horrible truth about what Jewish people of all ages went through at this time.
Date published: 2006-06-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Heartbreaking!! This book really takes you into the moments of being in the Nazi concentration camps. It is a true story of family devotion and the terrible atrocities that were committed by the German Nazis in World War II. I strongly recommend this book to all!
Date published: 2006-06-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Challenges your emotions I never read a book that challenged my emotions quite like this. Elie Wiesel takes you in and never lets you go. An unforgettable story.
Date published: 2006-06-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely Great Wonderful book. Sometimes it's nice to have a quick read that is completely wonderful.
Date published: 2006-06-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Worth its weight in gold I read Night once as a teenager and then once again in university. I have to commend Oprah for picking Night. The advertisement an Oprah endorsement brings to this book is exactly what it deserves. Elie Wiesel shares with us his personal horror and a view of events that happened long enough ago that many of the people involved are no longer living to tell us about them. Night acts as permenant voice--a voice we need in a world of terrorism, and nuclear capabilities. It's a short read, but a very heavy one. That said, it's really one of the strongest narrative events I have ever experienced.
Date published: 2006-06-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from "Amazing" Night, by Elie Wiesel, really captured my attention. I did not want to put this book down. It was heartbreaking some of the things that Elie Wiesel witnessed, and spoke about in this book. Night, was a real eye opener. It took us inside one persons experience of the Holocaust. A very terrifying, horrific, heartbreaking, look at what it was like to be in the camps. After reading Night, I had to go out and get Dawn, and Day! I think its important for people to read these kind of books, and to have their eyes open to the good and bad of the world. I think that Elie Wiesel did this world a great favor by writing this book, and I would recommend this book to everybody. Giving history more of a personal feel, a personal look, makes it a lot more interesting to learn about, and we need to learn to keep history for repeating itself.
Date published: 2006-06-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Read!! This book keeps you thinking the entire time! It makes you appreciate the world we live in today and makes you realize what really went on during those times!! Highly recommend it to anyone!! I loved it!
Date published: 2006-06-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Moving This written account of Elie Wiesel is moving and gives insight into what one man can do to another; whether willingly or not. How do you give meaning or words to this book. The author himself even says that the people of his town did not believe the evils of men. And even after 48 hours of a terrible ordeal that they were numb - and it was happening to him. Where Mr Wiesel asks that we never forget and/or never let it happen again, we do. Not on such a large scale, but it happens everyday around the world. I guess we do not learn from our past.
Date published: 2006-06-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Unforgetable! Elie Wiesel's book Night is one i will never forget. I feel that a book of this power changes people. It really made me appreciate what i often take for granted. Simple things like the clothes i wear, and the food i eat. I could never imagine surviving on bread and soup. I have alot of respect for the people who had to make that terrible transition in their lives so quickly and unexpectantly. Elie Wiesel says that its impossible to know what went on in Auschwitz unless you actually lived it. He is so right, even after reading that book he has only helped me to imagine what it must have been like suffering day after day. This book is humbling, it is a book to reflect. Elie Wiesel states that "to forget would not only be dangerous but offensive; to forget the dead would be akin to killing them a second time." He decribes how the Jewish were killed not only once but twice in the concentration camps. First their soul, then there body. If you forget there is danger of history repeating itself. Elie Wiesel takes you on his journey of courage, suffering, loss, and hope. This unforgettable memoir will stay with you in your heart. This is a book i will go back to again and again at different points in my life. Elie Wiesel is a survivor, and he has a story to tell. Although not for the weak-hearted, this is a very important memoir to read. This is not only a book but an experience.
Date published: 2006-06-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Must read!! This book is a must read for all!! Like many I studied the Holocaust in school and watched movies, but this was the first book I read by someone who was there and experienced the horrors. It was a scary, interesting, frightful, sad, yet inspiring and hopeful book. The courage and will to live and survive Mr Wiesel and many others showed was inspirational. There strength is unbelievable This book really should be read by everyone. No way anyone can read this and not be affected.
Date published: 2006-06-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Unbelievably Real At first i thought it was going to be some medeocre book; one that would be just a temp. fix. But it was unbelievable. It was so real that i felt like i was there. The section about the women in the train,( i wont give you too much), was extremely sad. (For those of you that saw the Oprah show, you'll know what i am talking about.)She was yelling fire hystericly...FIRE!!!, she was a psycic, and knew about the fires of the prison camp. They just shunned her. His vivid words, and simple words just painted pictures in your mind of every single part. It made me, a teenager, become interested in the haulacaust, and second world war. This book has continued the stories on for at least one generation, hopefully many to come. I will never forget. Benjimen Funk
Date published: 2006-06-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Powerful This is a deceptively slim volume, translated from a book originally written in Yiddish. It is an autobiographical recounting of the author’s experience as a young teenager when he and his family were taken to Auschwitz concentration camp. The Holocaust is a tragedy of such enormity that it’s hard to get my head around. It just seems so impossible that people could have committed such acts of atrocity against one another. What makes the legacy of the Holocaust so terrifying is not the idea that people have the capacity for senseless hatred and cruelty, but that so many people were complicit in this. How can we ever make sense of that? The Night looks at the Holocaust in the context of its impact on a single life. The author’s style is sparse but immensely powerful. Before his experience at Auschwitz – and the labour camps after that – the author was very religious. What I found most compelling about this book was the author’s struggle to reconcile his faith with his experiences. The horror of the camps made it impossible for him to continue to believe as he had before: "I did not fast. First of all, to please my father who had forbidden me to do so. And then, there was no longer any reason for me to fast. I no longer accepted God’s silence. As I swallowed my ration of soup, I turned that act into a symbol of rebellion, of protest against Him. And I nibbled on my crust of bread. Deep inside me, I felt a great void opening." The book’s message transcends religion and speaks to our faith in humanity: silence is unacceptable. We are each of us complicit when we do nothing when others are persecuted. This isn’t a pleasant book, and it shouldn’t be. I wasn’t even born when the Holocaust happened, but I nonetheless felt guilt reading this book. I think that we – all of us – ought to feel a collective guilt and shame that this was ever allowed to happen to even one person, let alone millions. For me this is what makes this book important and I’m glad that it is enjoying a resurgence in popularity nearly fifty years after it was first published. It’s dangerous for us to think of the Holocaust as something that happened in another time and place and could never happen again. Night contains a very important message that we must never let ourselves forget.
Date published: 2006-06-04
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Haunting I read this book in a day. I found it to be haunting in his tellings of his time there. Especially what happened with the babies, it is so hard to grasp how people can be so cruel. Even though it did portray so much there was more I wanted to know. It felt like their was something missing for me. Nonetheless it was a good read of one of the darkest times in human history.
Date published: 2006-06-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A must read for every generation, now and to come! This book should be mandatory reading for everyone, everywhere. If we forget and it seems some in the world have, things like this will keep happening and unfortunately still are. The way he explains what happened to him and his family, friends and neighbors tells a truth that is so fraught with human suffering that we must all applaud his courage and inner will to survive. This book teaches us that we can not be silent and we can not let fear rule us into submission and into being an accomplice.
Date published: 2006-06-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Never Forget! "Night" by Elie Wiesel is not only a real account of what occurred at many of the horrific concentration camps, but the author and main character is dealing with his own questions about God, religion and human nature. I could not put this book down. The feelings and graphic imagery puts you right there in the middle of the action. This is the first book in his 3 part series. A must read in order for history not to repeat itself and for humanity NEVER TO FORGET!
Date published: 2006-06-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Wonderful book about an awful time The most poignant line for me, near the end of the book, was "I was sixteen." It reminded the reader that, although the story was written when Elie Wiesel was an adult, he experienced this horror as a child. This book is wonderful and awful at the same time. It's not to be missed.
Date published: 2006-06-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible I can't say that about many books, but there is no other word to describe it but "incredible". This is a heart wrenching story of survival, physical and mental, at the Auschowitz death camp in Poland. Elie's true life encounter of man's darkest hour. I recommend this book to everyone and can almost guarantee to be a life altering read. I can honestly say that this is one of the best books I have ever read in my life time, and I read alot.
Date published: 2006-06-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Read! This was a truly dramatic representation of the hardship Elie went through. It was so sad, but you felt compelled to read on. I couldn't put this book down. It's a really short book, but it is packed with so much detail! Recommend this book!
Date published: 2006-06-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Heartbreaking I have read and watched many stories about the holocaust but this one was written through the eyes of a foutreen year old boy.I found it honest but not too graphic.I could picture every detail of this boys life prior and during this book.I even let my 12 year old son read the book as i felt it would truly make him appreciate life and understand the hardships and struggles of so many others.
Date published: 2006-06-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesone Best Oprah pick yet. Once I started reading it I could not put it down. I gave it to two of my friends and they felt the same.
Date published: 2006-06-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Chilling It was a great read, kept me very interested and I found it hard to put the book down. Amazing.
Date published: 2006-06-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Emotionally Enlightening I have never read a book that has made me want to scream out in anger with every page I turned. I cannot even imagine how these things could happen under the eyes of the world. I don't know how people can think that this was okay and acceptable to do, they riped families apart and destroyed peoples lives forever. This is a must-read for all humans, we need to ensure that this never happens again. This is a book that should be on reading lists in schools and all adults need to explain that this happened to their children so that they are educated on why it is important not to hate or have prejudices against others.
Date published: 2006-06-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Short but sweet One of the best books on the Holocaust, the Jewish experience and the ruthlessness of war. I literally couldn't put it down; read the entire book in two hours. Wiesel is a tremendous writer with the ability to really draw the reader into the emotions and feelings of his characters. Can't wait to read the rest of the trilogy
Date published: 2006-05-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Darkness of "Night" Having just finished a university course dedicated to the holocaust, one of my tasks was to read Elie Wiesel's "Night." You can learn all the facts and history about the Holocaust that are out there, but nothing enlightens you to the actual horror that took place than memoirs like Night. Disturbingly honest, Wiesel's youth enables a unique perspective on the events that took place inside Auschwitz. For a different but just as rich memoir from the Holocaust, I recommend Primo Levi's "Survival in Auschwitz."
Date published: 2006-05-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from reality check I will never think about Auschwitz the same again, nor should I. Elie Wiesel brings the reality of this human tragedy to a new level of comprehension. Never have I felt what horror these people endured to the extent I did while reading this book. This biography makes me feel so ashamed of the human race, of which I am a part of. How a group of people, no different than I could inflict such violence and terror on an entire race is uncomprehensible to me. The book made me feel an urgency for the world to move more quicky to stop any such activity going on in our present day and believe me we know this form of brutality and inhumane treatment is still being carried out in many countries and we as a society are still ignoring it. How these people ,in need of rescuing, felt ignored by the world is so descripitve by this nobel peace prize author, it brings to light many aspects of the holocost that I had never considered before reading Night. I can't wait to read it again.
Date published: 2006-05-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Chilling! This book made me understand the effects the Halocaust had on many lives, and it makes me appreciate what I have and how my life has been so much more.
Date published: 2006-05-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Definate Must Read This book by Elie Wiesel is one of the most pure books i have read on one of the most terrible times in our world. He magnifies to me why this book is so important for young people to read today. For the young people are our future. I had to stop several times while reading because i really couldn't believe that evil existed then, and does now. We must embrace this book with both hands and our hearts and souls. We must tell others about it, like i have. The book that i purchased has already passed through 2 other hands to read. I asked my 12 year old son to sit and watch OPRAH when she had Elie Wiesel on and all those children who wrote essays. This is a definate read for anyone who believes evil exists; who feels the presence of wrong in their lives. We have to stop the evil from happening, and whether you believe in God or some other power, we must all pray that our words will reach at least one soul....and so on....and so on.
Date published: 2006-05-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from You Owe It To Humanity Not only have I read this book for my own purposes, but I have also been teaching it to my tenth grade students for the last four years. Students and adults will respond in disbelief, horror, and awe when reading Elie Weisel's personal account of his experiences during the Holocaust. A compelling tale that must be told and retold so that all realise that the time for change never ends. It is amazing to see what the human spirit can endure in order to survive.
Date published: 2006-05-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic Read! I read this book as a school requirement, and it was the first time I'd read one of Wiesel's books. "Night" recaps the events of the Holocaust and tells the story of how Wiesel himself was affected by these horrible events. I was amazed by the amount of absolutely heart-wrenching detail. Wiesel truly makes the reader a part of the events. The people that suffered from and were involved in the holocaust deserve something to be remembered by, and this memoir does just that. This is a must read! This is a fantastic read - I felt the pain of the victims in my stomach as I read "Night". Anyone looking for a gripping, touching memoir of a never-to-be-forgotten event should read this book - I can't tell you how glad I am that I have read it - it is a page turner that will make you cry your heart out. Superb!
Date published: 2006-05-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Grippingly Sad Night is as dark as its title portrays, a recounting of Elie Wiesel's first hand account of life and death in a Nazi concentration camp. Documented with descriptive language, Wiesel's writing brings the experience to life and readers will feel the tension of death in the air. The heartbreaking reality of human beings at their worst is unimaginable but this book brings it to the forefront of remembrance. As we are encouraged not to forget the war heroes and veterans from past wars, this book also makes readers aware of the importance of never forgetting the innocent victims resulting when hate meets war.
Date published: 2006-05-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Must Read!!!! Haunting, mesmerizing and downright chilling, Elie Wiesel's personal account of the Holocoust is downright pulsating. His mesmerizing, stylized writing allows the reader to see his story unfold as if you were looking in through his very own eyes. His strengths and his fortitude along with the love and loyalty for his father are awe-inspiring. Though at times I found it hard to put this book down, the true horror of what he and his father's fight for survival-among millions, was sometimes hard to take- though worth every single page. I highly recommend this book which is in my mind not only a piece of history but a work of art.
Date published: 2006-05-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from disturbing and beautiful This book is a disturbing portrayal of a time in history when some men decided to turn earth into a graveyard. The true story through the eyes of one of the victims of the gravediggers. I couldn't put this book down even though it scared me beyond belief. The horrors that are typically hidden behind our mother's masks to make life seem a little more like a fairy tale. That's what this book is.
Date published: 2006-04-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely Amazing In this stunning book, Wiesel captures the holocaust in such a powerful way. After reading this short book I began to realise the anguish of the Jewish people. Before, I thought I knew what it must have felt like, but now realise my naïveté. This book, along with The Diary of Anne Frank should be constant reminders of what greed can do to such a Pacifistic world.
Date published: 2006-04-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Disturbing Awakening I've read several books about the holocaust and seen movies and documentaries but no other source really awoke me to the horror portrayed in this book. It is magnificently written with cold honesty and bluntness that pierces through humanity's soul. I honestly have to say that after reading this book, it stuck with me for some time, and really made me question what I would do in the same situation. Elie Wisel truly acheived a masterful piece of literature, and he deserves every bit of credit due to him. Sometimes when I hear a bell ring, the first thought that comes to me is 'selection'.
Date published: 2006-03-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Moving and utterly horrific I first encountered this autobiography in 9th grade, in English class. I found it a fascinating and painful account of the miseries of war and discrimmination. It progresses through Wiesel's innocent childhood to his losses and suffering of adolescence within the walls of concentration camps. It is a terrifying reminder of bigotry and hatred, that unfortunately, is still present today. A must-read! Elie Wiesel didn't win a Nobel Peace Prize for nothing! Pass this book on.
Date published: 2006-03-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Captivating Night This profound little book took no longer than a few hours to read but has left a lasting impact on me. The vividness and reality of such horror that was allowed to exist is captured in Mr. Wiesel's words. Humanity can be so shocking at times. This event in History should never, ever be forgotten. Because of this book I know I will never forget it. This is the definition of a must read .
Date published: 2006-02-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Shocking I sat and read this book in a few hours. What a stunning, true story of someone who survived the horrid concentration camps of WWII. The complete and utter pain of the soul he endures is written so perfectly that I wept at many points. This should be required reading in all schools. Absolutely excellent read.
Date published: 2006-02-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Night I was completely blown away by this book. They're not kidding when they say it should be required reading for everyone on the planet. At age 28, the Holocaust for me is simply a terrible thing to read about in the history books. Elie Wiesel puts a face on it. It is human, and real, and honest. It doesn't take very long to read and I think that everyone should invest a few hours to learn something about a time in history that should never be forgotten, to be remembered long after the last survivor has passed away. There are huge lessons to be learned from history and reading this memoir is a good place to start.
Date published: 2006-01-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Heartbreaking This book should be read by every human being.
Date published: 2006-01-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good book As a historian, I found this book phenomenal. I spent the better part of a full year reading first hand account of the Nazi extermination of the Jews and this was one of the best I have read. Unfortunately though, in this new translation there are several parts that were omitted; the details in the death of his father being the prime omission. Nonetheless, this book is still a fantastically tragic and inspirational read. The boy who lost God finds his voice and his purpose in condemning others who would commit genocide. I recommend this book for anyone interested in the second world war or the Holocaust and for those who want to delve into the dark side of humanity and how capable we truly are of evil and how a small boy lived through it all to tell the world.
Date published: 2006-01-27

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NightTHEY CALLED HIM Moishe the Beadle, as if his entire life he had never had a surname. He was the jack-of-all-trades in a Hasidic house of prayer, a shtibl. The Jews of Sighet--the little town in Transylvania where I spent my childhood--were fond of him. He was poor and lived in utter penury. As a rule, our townspeople, while they did help the needy, did not particularly like them. Moishe the Beadle was the exception. He stayed out of people's way. His presence bothered no one. He had mastered the art of rendering himself insignificant, invisible.Physically, he was as awkward as a clown. His waiflike shyness made people smile. As for me, I liked his wide, dreamy eyes, gazing off into the distance. He spoke little. He sang, or rather he chanted, and the few snatches I caught here and there spoke of divine suffering, of the Shekhinah in Exile, where, according to Kabbalah, it awaits its redemption linked to that of man.I met him in 1941. I was almost thirteen and deeply observant. By day I studied Talmud and by night I would run to the synagogue to weep over the destruction of the Temple.One day I asked my father to find me a master who could guide me in my studies of Kabbalah."You are too young for that. Maimonides tells us that one must be thirty before venturing into the world of mysticism, a world fraught with peril. First you must study the basic subjects, those you are able to comprehend."My father was a cultured man, rather unsentimental. He rarely displayed his feelings, not even within his family, and was more involved with the welfare of others than with that of his own kin. The Jewish community of Sighet held him in highest esteem; his advice on public and even private matters was frequently sought. There were four of us children. Hilda, the eldest; then Bea; I was the third and the only son; Tzipora was the youngest.My parents ran a store. Hilda and Bea helped with the work. As for me, my place was in the house of study, or so they said."There are no Kabbalists in Sighet," my father would often tell me.He wanted to drive the idea of studying Kabbalah from my mind. In vain. I succeeded on my own in finding a master for myself in the person of Moishe the Beadle.He had watched me one day as I prayed at dusk."Why do you cry when you pray?" he asked, as though he knew me well."I don't know," I answered, troubled.I had never asked myself that question. I cried because ... because something inside me felt the need to cry. That was all I knew."Why do you pray?" he asked after a moment.Why did I pray? Strange question. Why did I live? Why did I breathe?"I don't know," I told him, even more troubled and ill at ease. "I don't know."From that day on, I saw him often. He explained to me, withgreat emphasis, that every question possessed a power that was lost in the answer ...Man comes closer to God through the questions he asks Him, he liked to say. Therein lies true dialogue. Man asks and God replies. But we don't understand His replies. We cannot understand them. Because they dwell in the depths of our souls and remain there until we die. The real answers, Eliezer, you will find only within yourself."And why do you pray, Moishe?" I asked him."I pray to the God within me for the strength to ask Him the real questions."We spoke that way almost every evening, remaining in the synagogue long after all the faithful had gone, sitting in the semidarkness where only a few half-burnt candles provided a flickering light.One evening, I told him how unhappy I was not to be able to find in Sighet a master to teach me the Zohar, the Kabbalistic works, the secrets of Jewish mysticism. He smiled indulgently. After a long silence, he said, "There are a thousand and one gates allowing entry into the orchard of mystical truth. Every human being has his own gate. He must not err and wish to enter the orchard through a gate other than his own. That would present a danger not only for the one entering but also for those who are already inside."And Moishe the Beadle, the poorest of the poor of Sighet, spoke to me for hours on end about the Kabbalah's revelations and its mysteries. Thus began my initiation. Together we would read, over and over again, the same page of the Zohar. Not to learn it by heart but to discover within the very essence of divinity.And in the course of those evenings I became convinced that Moishe the Beadle would help me enter eternity, into that time when question and answer would become ONE.  AND THEN, one day all foreign Jews were expelled from Sighet. And Moishe the Beadle was a foreigner.Crammed into cattle cars by the Hungarian police, they cried silently. Standing on the station platform, we too were crying. The train disappeared over the horizon; all that was left was thick, dirty smoke.Behind me, someone said, sighing, "What do you expect? That's war ..."The deportees were quickly forgotten. A few days after they left, it was rumored that they were in Galicia, working, and even that they were content with their fate.Days went by. Then weeks and months. Life was normal again. A calm, reassuring wind blew through our homes. The shopkeepers were doing good business, the students lived among their books, and the children played in the streets.One day, as I was about to enter the synagogue, I saw Moishe the Beadle sitting on a bench near the entrance.He told me what had happened to him and his companions. The train with the deportees had crossed the Hungarian border and, once in Polish territory, had been taken over by the Gestapo. The train had stopped. The Jews were ordered to get off and onto waiting trucks. The trucks headed toward a forest. There everybody was ordered to get out. They were forced to dig huge trenches. When they had finished their work, the men from the Gestapo began theirs. Without passion or haste, they shot their prisoners, who were forced to approach the trench one by one and offer their necks. Infants were tossed into the air and used as targets for the machine guns. This took place in the Galician forest, near Kolo-may. How had he, Moishe the Beadle, been able to escape? By a miracle. He was wounded in the leg and left for dead ...Day after day, night after night, he went from one Jewish house to the next, telling his story and that of Malka, the young girl who lay dying for three days, and that of Tobie, the tailor who begged to die before his sons were killed.Moishe was not the same. The joy in his eyes was gone. He no longer sang. He no longer mentioned either God or Kabbalah. He spoke only of what he had seen. But people not only refused to believe his tales, they refused to listen. Some even insinuated that he only wanted their pity, that he was imagining things. Others flatly said that he had gone mad.As for Moishe, he wept and pleaded:"Jews, listen to me! That's all I ask of you. No money. No pity. Just listen to me!" he kept shouting in synagogue, between the prayer at dusk and the evening prayer.Even I did not believe him. I often sat with him, after services, and listened to his tales, trying to understand his grief. But all I felt was pity."They think I'm mad," he whispered, and tears, like drops of wax, flowed from his eyes.Once, I asked him the question: "Why do you want people to believe you so much? In your place I would not care whether they believed me or not ..."He closed his eyes, as if to escape time."You don't understand," he said in despair. "You cannot understand. I was saved miraculously. I succeeded in coming back. Where did I get my strength? I wanted to return to Sighet to describe to you my death so that you might ready yourselves while there is still time. Life? I no longer care to live. I am alone. But I wanted to come back to warn you. Only no one is listening to me ..."This was toward the end of 1942.Thereafter, life seemed normal once again. London radio, which we listened to every evening, announced encouragingnews: the daily bombings of Germany and Stalingrad, the preparation of the Second Front. And so we, the Jews of Sighet, waited for better days that surely were soon to come.I continued to devote myself to my studies, Talmud during the day and Kabbalah at night. My father took care of his business and the community. My grandfather came to spend Rosh Hashanah with us so as to attend the services of the celebrated Rebbe of Borsche. My mother was beginning to think it was high time to find an appropriate match for Hilda.Thus passed the year 1943.  SPRING 1944. Splendid news from the Russian Front. There could no longer be any doubt: Germany would be defeated. It was only a matter of time, months or weeks, perhaps.The trees were in bloom. It was a year like so many others, with its spring, its engagements, its weddings, and its births.The people were saying,"The Red Army is advancing with giant strides ... Hitler will not be able to harm us, even if he wants to ..."Yes, we even doubted his resolve to exterminate us.Annihilate an entire people? Wipe out a population dispersed throughout so many nations? So many millions of people! By what means? In the middle of the twentieth century!And thus my elders concerned themselves with all manner of things--strategy, diplomacy, politics, and Zionism--but not with their own fate.Even Moishe the Beadle had fallen silent. He was weary of talking. He would drift through synagogue or through the streets, hunched over, eyes cast down, avoiding people's gaze.In those days it was still possible to buy emigration certificatesto Palestine. I had asked my father to sell everything, to liquidate everything, and to leave."I am too old, my son," he answered. "Too old to start a new life. Too old to start from scratch in some distant land ..."Budapest radio announced that the Fascist party had seized power. The regent Miklós Horthy was forced to ask a leader of the pro-Nazi Nyilas party to form a new government.Yet we still were not worried. Of course we had heard of the Fascists, but it was all in the abstract. It meant nothing more to us than a change of ministry.The next day brought really disquieting news: German troops had penetrated Hungarian territory with the government's approval.Finally, people began to worry in earnest. One of my friends, Moishe Chaim Berkowitz, returned from the capital for Passover and told us, "The Jews of Budapest live in an atmosphere of fear and terror. Anti-Semitic acts take place every day, in the streets, on the trains. The Fascists attack Jewish stores, synagogues. The situation is becoming very serious ..."The news spread through Sighet like wildfire. Soon that was all people talked about. But not for long. Optimism soon revived: The Germans will not come this far. They will stay in Budapest. For strategic reasons, for political reasons ...In less than three days, German Army vehicles made their appearance on our streets.  ANGUISH. German soldiers--with their steel helmets and their death's-head emblem. Still, our first impressions of the Germans were rather reassuring. The officers were billeted in private homes, even in Jewish homes. Their attitude toward their hosts was distant but polite. They never demanded the impossible,made no offensive remarks, and sometimes even smiled at the lady of the house. A German officer lodged in the Kahns' house across the street from us. We were told he was a charming man, calm, likable, and polite. Three days after he moved in, he brought Mrs. Kahn a box of chocolates. The optimists were jubilant: "Well? What did we tell you? You wouldn't believe us. There they are, your Germans. What do you say now? Where is their famous cruelty?"The Germans were already in our town, the Fascists were already in power, the verdict was already out--and the Jews of Sighet were still smiling.  THE EIGHT DAYS of Passover.The weather was sublime. My mother was busy in the kitchen. The synagogues were no longer open. People gathered in private homes: no need to provoke the Germans.Almost every rabbi's home became a house of prayer.We drank, we ate, we sang. The Bible commands us to rejoice during the eight days of celebration, but our hearts were not in it. We wished the holiday would end so as not to have to pretend.On the seventh day of Passover, the curtain finally rose: the Germans arrested the leaders of the Jewish community.From that moment on, everything happened very quickly. The race toward death had begun.First edict: Jews were prohibited from leaving their residences for three days, under penalty of death.Moishe the Beadle came running to our house."I warned you," he shouted. And left without waiting for a response.The same day, the Hungarian police burst into every Jewish home in town: a Jew was henceforth forbidden to own gold, jewelry,or any valuables. Everything had to be handed over to the authorities, under penalty of death. My father went down to the cellar and buried our savings.As for my mother, she went on tending to the many chores in the house. Sometimes she would stop and gaze at us in silence.Three days later, a new decree: every Jew had to wear the yellow star.Some prominent members of the community came to consult with my father, who had connections at the upper levels of the Hungarian police; they wanted to know what he thought of the situation. My father's view was that it was not all bleak, or perhaps he just did not want to discourage the others, to throw salt on their wounds:"The yellow star? So what? It's not lethal ..."(Poor Father! Of what then did you die?)But new edicts were already being issued. We no longer had the right to frequent restaurants or cafés, to travel by rail, to attend synagogue, to be on the streets after six o'clock in the evening.Then came the ghettos.  TWO GHETTOS were created in Sighet. A large one in the center of town occupied four streets, and another smaller one extended over several alleyways on the outskirts of town. The street we lived on, Serpent Street, was in the first ghetto. We therefore could remain in our house. But, as it occupied a corner, the windows facing the street outside the ghetto had to be sealed. We gave some of our rooms to relatives who had been driven out of their homes.Little by little life returned to "normal." The barbed wire that encircled us like a wall did not fill us with real fear. In fact, we felt this was not a bad thing; we were entirely among ourselves. Asmall Jewish republic ... A Jewish Council was appointed, as well as a Jewish police force, a welfare agency, a labor committee, a health agency--a whole governmental apparatus.People thought this was a good thing. We would no longer have to look at all those hostile faces, endure those hate-filled stares. No more fear. No more anguish. We would live among Jews, among brothers ...Of course, there still were unpleasant moments. Every day, the Germans came looking for men to load coal into the military trains. Volunteers for this kind of work were few. But apart from that, the atmosphere was oddly peaceful and reassuring.Most people thought that we would remain in the ghetto until the end of the war, until the arrival of the Red Army. Afterward everything would be as before. The ghetto was ruled by neither German nor Jew; it was ruled by delusion.  SOME TWO WEEKS before Shavuot. A sunny spring day, people strolled seemingly carefree through the crowded streets. They exchanged cheerful greetings. Children played games, rolling hazelnuts on the sidewalks. Some schoolmates and I were in Ezra Malik's garden studying a Talmudic treatise.Night fell. Some twenty people had gathered in our courtyard. My father was sharing some anecdotes and holding forth on his opinion of the situation. He was a good storyteller.Suddenly, the gate opened, and Stern, a former shopkeeper who now was a policeman, entered and took my father aside. Despite the growing darkness, I could see my father turn pale."What's wrong?" we asked."I don't know. I have been summoned to a special meeting of the Council. Something must have happened."The story he had interrupted would remain unfinished."I'm going right now," he said. "I'll return as soon as possible. I'll tell you everything. Wait for me."We were ready to wait as long as necessary. The courtyard turned into something like an antechamber to an operating room. We stood, waiting for the door to open. Neighbors, hearing the rumors, had joined us. We stared at our watches. Time had slowed down. What was the meaning of such a long session?"I have a bad feeling," said my mother. "This afternoon I saw new faces in the ghetto. Two German officers, I believe they were Gestapo. Since we've been here, we have not seen a single officer ..."It was close to midnight. Nobody felt like going to sleep, though some people briefly went to check on their homes. Others left but asked to be called as soon as my father returned.At last, the door opened and he appeared. His face was drained of color. He was quickly surrounded."Tell us. Tell us what's happening! Say something ..."At that moment, we were so anxious to hear something encouraging, a few words telling us that there was nothing to worry about, that the meeting had been routine, just a review of welfare and health problems ... But one glance at my father's face left no doubt."The news is terrible," he said at last. And then one word: "Transports."The ghetto was to be liquidated entirely. Departures were to take place street by street, starting the next day.We wanted to know everything, every detail. We were stunned, yet we wanted to fully absorb the bitter news."Where will they take us?"That was a secret. A secret for all, except one: the president of the Jewish Council. But he would not tell, or could not tell. The Gestapo had threatened to shoot him if he talked."There are rumors," my father said, his voice breaking, "that we are being taken somewhere in Hungary to work in the brick factories. It seems that here, we are too close to the front ..."After a moment's silence, he added:"Each of us will be allowed to bring his personal belongings. A backpack, some food, a few items of clothing. Nothing else."Again, heavy silence."Go and wake the neighbors," said my father. "They must get ready ..."The shadows around me roused themselves as if from a deep sleep and left silently in every direction.  FOR A MOMENT, we remained alone. Suddenly Batia Reich, a relative who lived with us, entered the room: "Someone is knocking at the sealed window, the one that faces outside!"It was only after the war that I found out who had knocked that night. It was an inspector of the Hungarian police, a friend of my father's. Before we entered the ghetto, he had told us, "Don't worry. I'll warn you if there is danger." Had he been able to speak to us that night, we might still have been able to flee ... But by the time we succeeded in opening the window, it was too late. There was nobody outside.  THE GHETTO was awake. One after the other, the lights were going on behind the windows.I went into the house of one of my father's friends. I woke the head of the household, a man with a gray beard and the gaze of a dreamer. His back was hunched over from untold nights spent studying."Get up, sir, get up! You must ready yourself for the journey. Tomorrow you will be expelled, you and your family, you and all the other Jews. Where to? Please don't ask me, sir, don't ask questions. God alone could answer you. For heaven's sake, get up ..."He had no idea what I was talking about. He probably thought I had lost my mind."What are you saying? Get ready for the journey? What journey? Why? What is happening? Have you gone mad?"Half asleep, he was staring at me, his eyes filled with terror, as though he expected me to burst out laughing and tell him to go back to bed. To sleep. To dream. That nothing had happened. It was all in jest ...My throat was dry and the words were choking me, paralyzing my lips. There was nothing else to say.At last he understood. He got out of bed and began to dress, automatically. Then he went over to the bed where his wife lay sleeping and with infinite tenderness touched her forehead. She opened her eyes and it seemed to me that a smile crossed her lips. Then he went to wake his two children. They woke with a start, torn from their dreams. I fled.Time went by quickly. It was already four o'clock in the morning. My father was running right and left, exhausted, consoling friends, checking with the Jewish Council just in case the order had been rescinded. To the last moment, people clung to hope.The women were boiling eggs, roasting meat, preparing cakes, sewing backpacks. The children were wandering about aimlessly, not knowing what to do with themselves to stay out of the way of the grown-ups.Our backyard looked like a marketplace. Valuable objects, precious rugs, silver candlesticks, Bibles and other ritual objects were strewn over the dusty grounds--pitiful relics that seemed never to have had a home. All this under a magnificent blue sky.By eight o'clock in the morning, weariness had settled into our veins, our limbs, our brains, like molten lead. I was in the midst of prayer when suddenly there was shouting in the streets. I quickly unwound my phylacteries and ran to the window. Hungarian police had entered the ghetto and were yelling in the street nearby."All Jews, outside! Hurry!"They were followed by Jewish police, who, their voices breaking, told us:"The time has come ... you must leave all this ..."The Hungarian police used their rifle butts, their clubs to indiscriminately strike old men and women, children and cripples.One by one, the houses emptied and the streets filled with people carrying bundles. By ten o'clock, everyone was outside. The police were taking roll calls, once, twice, twenty times. The heat was oppressive. Sweat streamed from people's faces and bodies.Children were crying for water.Water! There was water close by inside the houses, the backyards, but it was forbidden to break rank."Water, Mother, I am thirsty!"Some of the Jewish police surreptitiously went to fill a few jugs. My sisters and I were still allowed to move about, as we were destined for the last convoy, and so we helped as best we could.  AT LAST, at one o'clock in the afternoon came the signal to leave.There was joy, yes, joy. People must have thought there could be no greater torment in God's hell than that of being stranded here, on the sidewalk, among the bundles, in the middle of the street under a blazing sun. Anything seemed preferable to that. They began to walk without another glance at the abandoned streets, the dead, empty houses, the gardens, the tombstones ...On everyone's back, there was a sack. In everyone's eyes, tears and distress. Slowly, heavily, the procession advanced toward the gate of the ghetto.And there I was, on the sidewalk, watching them file past, unable to move. Here came the Chief Rabbi, hunched over, his face strange looking without a beard, a bundle on his back. His very presence in the procession was enough to make the scene seem surreal. It was like a page torn from a book, a historical novel, perhaps, dealing with the captivity in Babylon or the Spanish Inquisition.They passed me by, one after the other, my teachers, my friends, the others, some of whom I had once feared, some of whom I had found ridiculous, all those whose lives I had shared for years. There they went, defeated, their bundles, their lives in tow, having left behind their homes, their childhood.They passed me by, like beaten dogs, with never a glance in my direction. They must have envied me.The procession disappeared around the corner. A few steps more and they were beyond the ghetto walls.The street resembled fairgrounds deserted in haste. There was a little of everything: suitcases, briefcases, bags, knives, dishes, banknotes, papers, faded portraits. All the things one planned to take along and finally left behind. They had ceased to matter.Open rooms everywhere. Gaping doors and windows looked out into the void. It all belonged to everyone since it no longer belonged to anyone. It was there for the taking. An open tomb.A summer sun.  WE HAD SPENT the day without food. But we were not really hungry. We were exhausted.My father had accompanied the deportees as far as the ghetto's gate. They first had been herded through the main synagogue, where they were thoroughly searched to make sure they were not carrying away gold, silver, or any other valuables. There had been incidents of hysteria and harsh blows."When will it be our turn?" I asked my father."The day after tomorrow. Unless ... things work out. A miracle, perhaps ..."Where were the people being taken? Did anyone know yet? No, the secret was well kept.Night had fallen. That evening, we went to bed early. My father said:"Sleep peacefully, children. Nothing will happen until the day after tomorrow, Tuesday."Monday went by like a small summer cloud, like a dream in the first hours of dawn.Intent on preparing our backpacks, on baking breads and cakes, we no longer thought about anything. The verdict had been delivered.That evening, our mother made us go to bed early. To conserve our strength, she said.It was to be the last night spent in our house.I was up at dawn. I wanted to have time to pray before leaving.My father had risen before all of us, to seek information in town. He returned around eight o'clock. Good news: we were not leaving town today; we were only moving to the small ghetto. That is where we were to wait for the last transport. We would be the last to leave.At nine o'clock, the previous Sunday's scenes were repeated. Policemen wielding clubs were shouting:"All Jews outside!"We were ready. I went out first. I did not want to look at my parents' faces. I did not want to break into tears. We remained sitting in the middle of the street, like the others two days earlier. The same hellish sun. The same thirst. Only there was no one left to bring us water.I looked at my house in which I had spent years seeking my God, fasting to hasten the coming of the Messiah, imagining what my life would be like later. Yet I felt little sadness. My mind was empty."Get up! Roll call!"We stood. We were counted. We sat down. We got up again. Over and over. We waited impatiently to be taken away. What were they waiting for? Finally, the order came:"Forward! March!"My father was crying. It was the first time I saw him cry. I had never thought it possible. As for my mother, she was walking, her face a mask, without a word, deep in thought. I looked at my little sister, Tzipora, her blond hair neatly combed, her red coat over her arm: a little girl of seven. On her back a bag too heavy for her. She was clenching her teeth; she already knew it was useless to complain. Here and there, the police were lashing out with their clubs: "Faster!" I had no strength left. The journey had just begun and I already felt so weak ..."Faster! Faster! Move, you lazy good-for-nothings!" the Hungarian police were screaming.That was when I began to hate them, and my hatred remains our only link today. They were our first oppressors. They were the first faces of hell and death.They ordered us to run. We began to run. Who would have thought that we were so strong? From behind their windows, from behind their shutters, our fellow citizens watched as we passed.We finally arrived at our destination. Throwing down our bundles, we dropped to the ground:"Oh God, Master of the Universe, in your infinite compassion, have mercy on us ..."  THE SMALL GHETTO. Only three days ago, people were living here. People who owned the things we were using now. They had been expelled. And we had already forgotten all about them.The chaos was even greater here than in the large ghetto. Its inhabitants evidently had been caught by surprise. I visited the rooms that had been occupied by my Uncle Mendel's family. On the table, a half-finished bowl of soup. A platter of dough waiting to be baked. Everywhere on the floor there were books. Had my uncle meant to take them along?We settled in. (What a word!) I went looking for wood, my sisters lit a fire. Despite her fatigue, my mother began to prepare a meal.We cannot give up, we cannot give up, she kept repeating.People's morale was not so bad: we were beginning to get used to the situation. There were those who even voiced optimism. The Germans were running out of time to expel us, they argued ... Tragically for those who had already been deported, it would be too late. As for us, chances were that we would be allowed to go on with our miserable little lives until the end of the war.The ghetto was not guarded. One could enter and leave as one pleased. Maria, our former maid, came to see us. Sobbing, she begged us to come with her to her village where she had prepared a safe shelter.My father wouldn't hear of it. He told me and my big sisters,"If you wish, go there. I shall stay here with your mother and the little one ..."Naturally, we refused to be separated.  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.There was nothing else to do but to go to bed, in the beds of those who had moved on. We needed to rest, to gather our strength.At daybreak, the gloom had lifted. The mood was more confident. There were those who said:"Who knows, they may be sending us away for our own good. The front is getting closer, we shall soon hear the guns. And then surely the civilian population will be evacuated ...""They worry lest we join the partisans ...""As far as I'm concerned, this whole business of deportation is nothing but a big farce. Don't laugh. They just want to steal our valuables and jewelry. They know that it has all been buried and that they will have to dig to find it; so much easier to do when the owners are on vacation ..."On vacation!This kind of talk that nobody believed helped pass the time. The few days we spent here went by pleasantly enough, in relative calm. People rather got along. There no longer was any distinction between rich and poor, notables and the others; we were all people condemned to the same fate--still unknown.  SATURDAY, the day of rest, was the day chosen for our expulsion.The night before, we had sat down to the traditional Friday night meal. We had said the customary blessings over the breadand the wine and swallowed the food in silence. We sensed that we were gathered around the familial table for the last time. I spent that night going over memories and ideas and was unable to fall asleep.At dawn, we were in the street, ready to leave. This time, there were no Hungarian police. It had been agreed that the Jewish Council would handle everything by itself.Our convoy headed toward the main synagogue. The town seemed deserted. But behind the shutters, our friends of yesterday were probably waiting for the moment when they could loot our homes.The synagogue resembled a large railroad station: baggage and tears. The altar was shattered, the wall coverings shredded, the walls themselves bare. There were so many of us, we could hardly breathe. The twenty-four hours we spent there were horrendous. The men were downstairs, the women upstairs. It was Saturday--the Sabbath--and it was as though we were there to attend services. Forbidden to go outside, people relieved themselves in a corner.The next morning, we walked toward the station, where a convoy of cattle cars was waiting. The Hungarian police made us climb into the cars, eighty persons in each one. They handed us some bread, a few pails of water. They checked the bars on the windows to make sure they would not come loose. The cars were sealed. One person was placed in charge of every car: if someone managed to escape, that person would be shot.Two Gestapo officers strolled down the length of the platform. They were all smiles; all things considered, it had gone very smoothly.A prolonged whistle pierced the air. The wheels began to grind. We were on our way.Copyright © 1972, 1985 by Elie Wiesel

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Editorial Reviews

"A slim volume of terrifying power." -The New York Times"Required reading for all humanity." -Oprah Winfrey"Wiesel has taken his own anguish and imaginatively metamorphosed it into art." -Curt Leviant, Saturday Review"To the best of my knowledge no one . . . has left behind him so moving a record." -Alfred Kazin, The Reporter"What makes this book so chilling is not the pretense of what happened but a very real description of every thought, fear and the apathetic attitude demonstrated as a response . . . Night, Wiesel's autobiographical masterpiece, is a heartbreaking memoir. Wiesel has taken his painful memories and channeled them into an amazing document which chronicles his most intense emotions every step along the way." -Jose Del Real, Anchorage Daily News"As a human document, Night is almost unbearably painful, and certainly beyond criticism." -A. Alvarez, Commentary